In today’s softer, gentler climate, you don’t see many “in your face” personality types anymore. These characters are often reserved for the military, personal trainers or professional sports. Yet, during the first century, there was one man who didn’t care how you felt. Rather, the apostle Paul was blunt, honest and serious in his letters to Christian congregations. When you don’t do what God calls you to do, this lack of action causes you to be separated from God.
For sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, beguiled and completely deceived me, and using it as a weapon killed me [separating me from God], Romans 7:11.
Sin is like catching a spiritual cold. If you don’t take medicine such as studying the Bible, praying and worshipping God, your condition will worsen. This virus attacks individuals on two fronts, your body and mind. Human bodies require boundaries, exercise and routines. If you fail to make time for God daily, out of sight, out of mind will cause souls to place God and your faith on a shelf to collect dust. Meanwhile, demons and evil spirits influence minds by planting seeds of doubt. These thoughts if unchecked can kill your joy for life.
For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered by them]. I do not practice what I want to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate [and yielding to my human nature, my worldliness—my sinful capacity]. 16 Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent). 17 So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me, Romans 7:15-17.
In the passage above, Paul hints at what it is like to be addicted to a specific sin. Whether this is cheating, cursing, eating unhealthy, indulging your flesh in unwholesome ways or lying, breaking any bad habit is difficult. Making a drastic change requires will power that many people lack. Thus, all too often sinners throw in the towel, quit and wave the white flag, surrendering to Satan. If this blog finds you in a similar state, ask God for the resolve necessary to fight through your ordeal. Lean on the promise of Romans 7:24-25 so that failure does not define your life.
by Jay Mankus