The apostle Paul wrestled thru all this in Romans 7…. quite a read for my natural man… Philip doesn’t like what Paul is saying… whadaya mean that you “know that nothing good dwells in me”… “come on”, says my old friend Pride … “I’m a very good person… how can you say something like that Paul?”
Paul tells his story: “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
Yes sir… the story of my life… I knew that smoking was killing me… I knew I needed to stop. I tried over and over again. Nada. I knew I was an alcoholic… surprised that I wasn’t already dead. I couldn’t help it. Must have been my father’s fault. I knew I was a womanizer… knew it was wrong… knew it was killing my marriage… but managed to blame it all on her. The story of my life … for 32 years ….
And Paul cries out: “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Only one way out… only one way to freedom…
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Jesus did set me free from all those I’ve mentioned above… some details tomorrow…. but… they were only the tip of the iceberg…