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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
This is more than the cry of one desperate man, it describes the experience of all Christians struggling against sin or trying to please God by keeping rules and laws without the Spirit’s help. We must never underestimate the power of sin and attempt to fight it in our own strength. Satan is a crafty tempter, and we have an amazing ability to make excuses. Instead of trying to overcome sin with our human willpower, we must take hold of God’s provision for victory over sin, the Holy Spirit, who lives within us and gives us power. And when we fall, He lovingly reaches out to help us up. (NLT)
Romans 7:14-25 – The law is good, then. The trouble is not with the law but with me, because I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master. I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.
I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.
It seems to be a fact 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 law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and 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? 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.
Quoted verse: Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! — Romans 7:25 (NIV)
“Story” – Marcela Nwanosike (England, United Kingdom) titled her story “THANKS BE TO GOD;” here is a portion of Marcela’s story:
“When my daughter wanted apple pie, I picked three perfect-looking green apples. . . . I found it completely rotten inside.
“At times I feel exactly like that: nice and presentable on the outside but a disaster inside. Despite my best efforts to be an excellent wife and a patient mother, the apostle Paul’s words ring true: ‘I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.’ I have been a Christian for decades, and I delight in God’s word. I admit that God’s ways are better than my own. Still I often assume that what I want is most important, or that I deserve what my heart desires – right now.
“I wonder, Is it possible to escape this inner battle? The Bible teaches that as long as we live, we will struggle with sin. But the apostle Paul also writes, ‘Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Jesus always fights my battles with me. Whenever temptation presents itself, I know I can cry for help and try to imitate Jesus. He promised to deliver us, and we can count on his word!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Although sin abounds, God’s mercy overcomes.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to guard our hearts from evil. Thank you for delivering us through Jesus Christ, who helps us in our daily battles. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/