Today I felt like I was stuck in Romans 7- trying to too good, patient, loving… But you know what happens in Romans 7?
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh,sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessingthat the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
Today was a day of big struggles and lots of failures. I had big plans for today.
But they were my plans. And so I failed. I was grumpy, miserable, overwhelmed and a whole slew of other things.
And then I cried out to God and He gave me His peace.
So I know that I don’t have to continue in my Romans 7 experience today or any other day.
Because God has given me victory!!!
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who arein Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 Forwhat the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
So right now, rather than continue in my Romans 7 failing experience, I choose to allow God to be in control and free me from trying and failing, which is the only thing I can do apart from Him.
We all fail. It is our nature. We are all sinners and that’s what sinners do- sin! But God has made a way in Jesus so we do not have to sin anymore! We don’t have to fail anymore! We don’t have to be disappointed in our reactions anymore!
I thank God that Romans 7 is NOT the end, but that He made a way for me to live above these failures, a way for me to be victorious and that way is by allowing HIM to do it through me!