While we had devotions last night, my husband began reading Romans 7.
Rom 7:1 (RV) :Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were through the law, wrought in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom 7:6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were holden; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet:
Rom 7:8 but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin is dead.
Rom 7:9 And I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died;
Rom 7:10 and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to be unto death:
Rom 7:11 for sin, finding occasion, through the commandment beguiled me, and through it slew me.
Rom 7:12 So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
Rom 7:13 Did then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shewn to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; ––that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do.
Rom 7:16 But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good is not.
Rom 7:19 For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise.
Rom 7:20 But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I myself with the mind serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The Apostle Paul thought he was all that when he sat at the feet of Gamaliel – one of the Pharisee leaders and one of the best teachers in Israel.
After Paul fell off his mount when Jesus spoke to Him from heaven, he changed from a religious zealot, a legalistic law follower without mercy and compassion to a devout follower of Jesus. He made a total transformation. Paul went from gathering up Christians so he could have them killed, to becoming a chief speaker for the deity of Jesus Christ. God enabled Paul to preach the gospel effectively, and to lay hands on the sick or the dead so they could be made well. The book of Acts shows God at work in the people who chose to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
When Paul calls himself the chief of sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15, (RV) “Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief:”
and laments that he doesn’t do the right things he wants to do, and he does the wrong that he abhors, my husband proclaims, “This is the Apostle Paul! The man who wrote half of the New Testament. If he’s a sinner relying on Jesus Christ to wash him and to help him to walk right, how much more do I need Jesus?
Romans 7 gives my husband hope. I love Romans 8 as well. The first verse says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
I just stopped following a blog tonight because it started showing pictures I didn’t need to see. It was a writers’ blog and I knew the author didn’t mention faith, but I don’t always see it, and I didn’t realize the content was changing.
Our friends reminded us on Monday night that we’re always in a battle with the enemy of our soul and as 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us, The devil, our adversary roams about seeking whom he may devour and we need to be on the alert.
So, I take comfort in God’s mercy and I pray He’ll help me to do my part to stop sinning and to repent immediately when I do. Then I don’t have to deal with a guilty conscience and be dragged down. Another thing my husband says is that in heaven we won’t have to worry about sinning anymore. Won’t that be incredible!
Because we all struggle with choosing to do good instead of evil. That’s who we are. God is great and He has our best in mind. Just read Ephesians 1 for encouragement. God bless!