Only Christ can Overcome My Sinful Nature




 

From Paul, talking about our sinful nature as human beings in the flesh.  If we are in Christ, and follow his ways, we all have this battle going on inside us.  We know what is right, and want to do what is right, but we still do the things we know we shouldn’t.  “The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 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. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 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. 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.  And this is from one of the greatest Christians who ever lived!!  How am I supposed to do what is right??  This is why those of us in recovery know that there are certain situations we must avoid altogether.  We have a sinful nature that is waiting for the chance to reach out and take control of us again.  Despite what we see in the book of Daniel…we can’t put ourselves in the lions den and think we won’t get eaten!!  



 

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. 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.”  So we must submit our lives and our wills to God as we understand Him.  It is only through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior that I have been able to overcome the temptation to sin that fights my best intentions on a daily basis!!


“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. 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. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:14-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/rom.7.14-25.nlt

 

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