Verse of the Day


"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?"

~Romans 7:24


Today's Devotional Thought

June 13, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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My Deliverer

It seems like there is always a piece of myself that I am working on. You know, some piece of my character or my reactions to others or my behaviors that I get disappointed in when my humanity rears its ugly head in a situation. I am usually going along pretty well and then, bam, I am hit with something about myself that I really don't like.

And I get frustrated. Disappointed. Almost self loathing as I am faced with one more mistake, misstep, or failure.

Reminds me of {and my soul finds comfort in} Paul's words in Romans 7.

I recently found myself studying this chapter again after a disappointing moment. And, I read the following over and over:

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 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. For I know that good itself does not dwell 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 I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin (v. 14-25).

Don't you just love this passage? So many phrases just lift from the page and echo in my heart...

I know that good itself does not dwell in me, in my sinful nature...

I have a desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out...

The evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing...

In my inner being I delight in God's law...

Another law is at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind...

Who will rescue me?

Did you catch that last phrase?

Who will rescue me?

And, did you catch Paul's answer to his own question?

Who rescues us from ourselves? From the sinful nature within us? From our own evil desires and behaviors?

Who rescues us?

God does.

Through Jesus Christ.

Our Savior.

Our Deliverer.

Every time I do something that I regret, I remember this passage. And I am powerfully reminded of my need of a Deliverer. In every day, every moment, every situation, I need a deliverer. I am not capable, in my flesh, of being holy. I am not capable, in my flesh, of doing good. I am not capable, in my flesh, of making selfless, righteous decisions.

I need a deliverer to save me from the sin that lives within me. From my own sinful, selfish nature.

And every now and then, I do something that reminds me so very powerfully of that very fact: I need a deliverer. Not only over death and for my ultimate salvation, but I need a deliverer every second of every day from the power of sin within me.

What amazing grace God gives us by allowing us goodness in our days. By residing within us, he enables us, strengthens us, and empowers us to fight the power of sin in our lives. And through him, we can be good.

Only through him.

The next time you do something that you regret or feel badly about, use it as a reminder of your need of a Deliverer. And call on the only One who is capable of saving us from the power of sin in our lives. Surrender yourself to him as you continue to fight your sinful nature and realize that he will deliver you if you keep calling on him.


Memorize this verse today:

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?"
~Romans 7:24



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