Scriptural reading Romans 7:15-20; verse 4 (New International Version);1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version (King James Version)
Struggling is a common part for everyone. As Christians, we have a spiritual war that has already been won through Jesus Christ but the fact is that we have to slug it out or have it in a battle and we have to win this battle the hard way. It is not easy to kick the habit of smoking or getting rid with addictions for people who do not trust God. On the other hand, it can be the same with Christians who might be facing the same things or might be even worst.
We might realize it or not but the battle ground is ourselves. Our body is the site where decisions are made whether it is going to be good or bad. We have to see ourselves from deep with in us. We have to see who we are from inside in order to resolve the existing conflict. We are weak from inside. As a matter of fact we cannot save ourselves. How is it possible to win the battle and the war if the bottom line is we cannot save ourselves. The truth is the enemy is ourselves. When we face ourselves, we face the enemy.
Verse 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Just to start with, confusion is present. ” I do not understand what I do”. We are confused. This is the result when we decided to work something that is good and guess what? We refuse to do it! “For what I want to do I do not do“, we do exactly the opposite “but what I hate I do”. A question that we asked repeatedly to ourselves why we love doing it again and again?
1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version (King James Version)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
God will never and ever confuse us. The devil the father of lies is doing everything to make us lie. He uses our body to make up our mind and decide the wrong things “but what I hate I do”.
Verse 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
Sin with in us binds us with the law. It prevents us from doing God’s will. When we are finally successful of doing the wrong things ” And if I do what I do not want to do”, the law is now right. It is now more true and definite that we are sinners and we’re helpless with out Jesus.
Verse 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
It is now very clear that inside us we are having a battle. We struggle against sin inside of us. We know our sinful nature confront what is true and right and the result is that always sin wins. Sin is stronger than we are and that is why we need a savior not just a savior but God Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
Verse 18 For I know the good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
Sometimes we are fooled to believe that nothing is really good in us. We are Christians and we have to stand on the promise that we are the children of God. We are able and has the capacity to perform what God has instructed us.
Verse 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do- this I keep on doing.
Verse 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Summing up verses 19 and 20. We are on our way to doomsday. Since we cannot save ourselves, then we need JESUS CHRIST.
verse 4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead in order that we might bear fruit for God.
If we back track a bit, the solution to the battle who we are inside is nothing but a lost in every way creature. Our actions and decisions can never be admissible and gratifying in God’s presence. It was the atoning death on the cross by Jesus and through His resurrection that made us belong to Him and finally winning the battle that we might bear fruit for God.
Yes, you and I can bear fruit. We are now completely changed. Now we know our position. Our position in Jesus Christ has over turned the table. Through Jesus Christ we can finally win the battle. The war is over.
Now this is who we are inside, we are the children of God.