Monday, November 08, 2010

My struggle

Like I said in my previous post actually living in obedience to God’s word is easier said than done.  If you have never read Romans chapter 7, make sure you do.  In this chapter Paul expresses the inner turmoil that each Christian faces.  He writes:

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Boy could I agree with that sentiment.  It is amazing how strong the desires of the flesh are.  In my spirit there is a desire to follow Christ with all of my heart, all of my soul, and all of my mind, but the flesh continues to mock me.  It taunts me by producing laziness instead of self-discipline, gluttony instead of restraint and impatience instead of perseverance.

Yet when I take time to ponder it in some measure I am thankful for this battle; for it confirms to me that I have God’s spirit abiding within me.

Furthermore if I loose a battle, I have hope in the continual work of God’s grace to pick me up, dust me off  and set me back on the straight and narrow.

Furthermore still I am confident that my faith in the future grace of God will ultimately guarantee my victory in this war!

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