Verse of the Day


"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing."

~Romans 7:15-19


Today's Devotional Thought

June 07, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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Walking Contradiction

Do you ever feel like a walking contradiction? Like you have all of these good intentions of living a righteous, godly life and then somehow, on some days, you don't end up acting like you wanted to? Or worse yet, you end up doing exactly the opposite of what you knew you should do in a situation?

Well friends, don't despair. We all have this problem and even the apostle Paul had this problem too. And, he wrote about it in his letter to the Romans. As we see in today's verses, even Paul struggled with doing the right thing all the time. Like we do, he struggled with the flesh.

Because we live in a sinful world, we face a daily and constant struggle between flesh and spirit. And, this battle rages within us as we try to suppress our sinful nature and live according to what we know is good. We all are in constant conflict as we try to suppress greed, pride, envy, lust, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, or any other sinful tendencies to live a godly, righteous life. Paul struggled with it and we all struggle with the flesh daily.

But friends, even though we will face daily conflict between our sinful tendencies and good within ourselves, we can rest confident in the fact that this struggle will end someday because of Jesus Christ. As Paul says towards the end of these verses in chapter 7, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Jesus can rescue you from the sin of the flesh. He has saved us from eternal consequences of sin and he can also help us in our daily battles with our sinful inclinations. But, you have to be in constant and daily dialogue with Him to rescue you. In every decision, every action, and every situation, ask Him to help you act as He would have you act. Do not only depend on Jesus to save you from the eternal consequences of your sin, ask Him to help you daily as you battle sin on this Earth. As you battle it within yourself daily.

Ask Jesus to help you battle your sinful, fleshly desires today. Ask Him to be a part of your daily interactions, not just your eternal salvation. And realize that you will continue to combat fleshly desires and your sinful nature as long as you are on this Earth. But take hope in the fact that Jesus has conquered sin and that someday, this struggle will be over.

And, thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!


Memorize this verse today:

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing."
~Romans 7:15-19



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