Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceedingly sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.
For I don't know what I am doing. For I don't practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do.
But if what I don't desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good.
So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don't find it doing that which is good.
For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice.
But if what I don't desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.
For I delight in God's law after the inward man, 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.
What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God's law, but with the flesh, the sin's law.
Those were verses 12 to 25 from Romans Chapter 7
Insight- There’s always a war going on in our beings, that of the flesh against the spirit. The flesh desires fleshly and worldly things, the spirit desires to be aligned with God and his word. Sometimes we see ourselves succumbing to temptations and we sin. It’s a daily fight and unless we crucify the flesh and it’s desires, we won't be able to live a life pleasing to God. Paul himself was vexed regarding this matter and despaired, “What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?”. The solution he found was following in Jesus’ footsteps. And that’s the answer for us too.
Question- Do you easily succumb to fleshly desires and fall in to sin? Think about it.
Prayer- Dear Father in Heaven, strengthen me by your Holy Spirit each day to overcome temptations and live a life pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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