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Do you too struggle with SIN?

Mar 19, 2014

The History and Experience of Jews under the Law

 

7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the e law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”   8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.   9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,   10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.   11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.

13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

 

14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.   15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.  16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

 

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

 

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.   22 I love God’s law with all my heart.   23 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.   24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is in my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

 

The law expresses God’s will; it makes people more accountable than they would be without it and exposes Man’s sin problem. God’s law, by itself, convicts human beings of their sin and continues from generation to generation.

 

Paul says there was a time when he lived without understanding the law.

Paul might be referring to his childhood, before he understood the demands of the law. His experience grew to maturity in knowledge of the law, which exemplifies every person’s struggle. By becoming educated to the commandments of God’s Law, we now have greater accountability to God.

 

By the knowledge of the Law, it now brings the power of sin to life, by understanding the Law we face greater judgment for our choices.

God’s word says, “We all fall short of God’s law”- it is in our human nature.

For me I deal with the disappointment just as Paul did, that there is no good in me and my sinful nature.

 

Paul says our lives are dominated by sin and death, however God planned a way out of sin with a path back to him!

 

That is in and through Jesus Christ, our savior, who paid for our crimes by dying on the cross. Jesus’ blood covers my sins; he took all my sins on himself and poured his righteousness into me and now I’m free from the grip of sin.

 

When I fall short of what Jesus expects and sin, I ask for forgiveness and he will forgive.

 

I want you to know that I like Paul l struggle with sin and I seek Christ’s leadership in my life daily. My helper, the Holy Spirit leads me, he is my GPS in life. I feel so unworthy to be in the Presence of Jesus Christ but he tells me in his word, “I am the truth, the life and no man COMETH the Father except he come through me”.

 

Don’t let yourself be defeated by Satan who whispers in our hearts daily that we are unworthy, no-good failures and God does not want the chafe.

Christ says I came to seek and save the weak and undone in life, he came and freely gave his life as a ransom.

 

Soon Jesus is coming again, this trip from heaven he comes as a warrior who will defeat Satan and all his army- his judgment will be a final event.

Jesus then will take his Children to the eternal home, his home. I will be an heir, and though I may feel unworthy, God made me whole and holy.

TRUST JESUS, HE IS THE ANCHOR FOR ALL OF LIFE.

 

Greet each day with your eyes and heart open, take in the beauty of God’s creation. Keep an open mind with a listening heart and as God builds character inside of you, God will impact lives through you in unconditional love.

 

God Bless
Ron