2013-06-10 - What Would Paul Say?
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can't. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can't help myself, because I am no longer the one in charge. It is the failings inside me that are stronger than I am. As far as my old sinful nature is concerned, I am rotten through and through. No matter which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I want to, but I cannot. When I want to do good, I do not, and when I try not to do anything wrong, I do it anyway. Now if I am doing what I do not want to do, it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has a grasp on me.
There is only one solution: God. I have to talk to Him, seek His counsel, and learn what must be done. How glorious it will be, when I can live in freedom, really knowing God has set me free. Not just saying the words, but living them, having them be an extension of who I am.
Lord, You tell me I no longer have to live this way. What is to break this cycle? You can, God. You can make my life free, freer. Free of gimmicks, lies, and disorders. You will mend the brokenness and fill any emptiness.
Are there things holding you back from experiencing freedom? If so, lay them at the Lord's feet, and seek His counsel on what steps you need to take.