Happy Monday! We are halfway through our study and I’m praying God has touched your life through each word! This week we are going to learn about the process of reconciling our body.
Our flesh, or body, is where we actively engage in sin. Our bodies lust for different things. When we think of the body, it is much more than just sex, drugs and alcohol. We could also throw in a lust for food, sleep, laziness… all of these are functions in the body and they affect us all differently. Even so, the truth remains that we all struggle with flesh.
Paul described the struggle with our flesh and sin in such a raw, transparent way that I find so refreshing.
Romans 7:14-25 NIV says “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.c 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!”
This is my life sometimes. I don’t know about you, but I have felt this inner struggle. There are a couple of points in Paul’s rambling that I want to focus on today.
In verse 20 Paul says, “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.” We have got to come into agreement with the truth that we struggle with a sin nature. We also have to separate ourselves from our sin. Often times, when we sin, we feel so much shame that we hide from God. Paul says it is no longer him, but the sin living in him. He separates himself from his sin. If we are going to truly live free, we have got to understand the truth that we are saved, chosen, loved. We struggle with sin that disgusts us, but we ourselves are not disgusting. When God looks at us, he sees the blood of Jesus. If God sees the blood of Jesus when he looks at us, we can choose to see our sin as covered by the blood too. If we are going to be truly free, we have to learn to hate our sin, but not ourselves.
After salvation, God sees us just as if we never sinned. Isn’t that beautiful? He chooses to remember our sins no more. The enemy is constantly trying to remind us of our sin. He is constantly trying to shame us into going back to the sin that so easily entangles us. He is right there waging war against us. We find ourselves in the dispute that Paul was having. We find ourselves saying, “I want to do good, but when I try there is another force coming against me. I do the things I don’t want to do.” When we are in these moments, the enemy is there telling us that we are filthy, sinful, bad. But what does Paul do? He separates himself from his sin. He realizes that it is no longer him, but the sin within him. So how do we separate ourselves from our sin? Where does our hope come from? We can find the answer in verse 25.
Romans 7:25 says “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
How are we delivered from our sin?
This week as we allow the Lord to reconcile our bodies, constantly remind yourself that your deliverance from sin is only through Christ Jesus. Let’s be bold like Paul and choose to separate ourselves from our sin. When we mess up, because we will, we choose to stand on the promise that God remembers our sins no more.
God bless me with truth this week. I give you permission to invade my life and to wreck the sin that entangles me. God give me eyes that see me the way you see me. I choose to believe that I am chosen and loved. When I sin, I will no longer run and hide from you, but I choose to run into your arms. You are good, and you do only good for your children. Reveal yourself to me in a new way.
In Jesus’ Name,