The struggle within

Date: Wednesday, January 29

ScriptureRomans 7:14-25

Verse: For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. (Romans 7:19)

We take great pride on being able to do things ourselves. For that reason many bestselling books are in the “Self-Help” category.  They purport to tell us how we can beat every struggle of our lives. They tell us how to break habits, find happiness, get in shape, meet Mr. Right, be more productive, have more money, get the promotion, or whatever else we would like to do. If only we would follow this plan, do these five simple things, or get into these seven habits we could fix all our problems. Funny how more books come out on the same topics all the time. Apparently, many of our problems hold far more power in our lives than we recognize.

Today’s passage deals with those struggles in our spiritual lives. We know what to do, and what not to do. But for some reason, we simply cannot do it. Try as we might, we fail miserably time after time after time. Paul is not excusing our sinful behavior. Quite the opposite. He is telling us this power within us called sin, is far greater than anything we can handle on our own. No matter how hard we try to expel it, it will remain. We are powerless to overcome it.

Now that may sound defeatist, and it would be if we were just left there. Paul tells us that while we may not be able to overcome it on our own, God has given us the power to overcome our sin in Jesus Christ. Admitting powerlessness over our sin, is the first step to recovery, according to the 12-steps. Only then can we give God permission and power to overcome it for us. We’ll explore that more tomorrow.

Prayer: Give me peace, O God, as I live in this tension of not being able to overcome sin on my own. Amen.

Action: Give God permission and power to overcome the sin in your life.

Respond: When have you “given up” on a problem, only to then find the solution? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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