Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
God knows everything about us. It’s crazy that the God of the universe knows what we’re thinking. If we’re honest with ourselves, it can be overwhelming. God hears that intense, internal dialogue we have about someone that really frustrates us. God knows about the junk in our lives. Today, we’ll read about the apostle Paul’s struggle with sin. Scholars differ as to whether Paul’s referring to his current experience or the time just before his conversion. Regardless, let’s dig in and we’ll find we have some things in common with Paul. Contemplating our sin can be like fingernails on a chalkboard. We don’t want to go there, but it makes Christ’s forgiveness and grace even more meaningful.
Main Passage: Romans 7.14-25
How can you relate to Paul?
How would you describe your battle with sin? What are your tendencies? Journal your thoughts.
Identify a mature follower of Christ with whom you can share your battle.
Thank the Holy Spirit for making you aware of your sin and for Jesus rescuing you from physical and spiritual death (vv. 24-25).
We want to do what is God’s will in our life. At least you do if you are a Christian. Non Christ followers find themselves lost. Not knowing what to do with their life. They end up finding a purpose or they tend to be depressed and sometimes kill themselves. Want to know where crime comes from? Not following God. Just like Adam and Eve eating the fruit in the garden of Eden. We can know what the purpose of God is in our life and yet we let sin get in the way anyways. Why? It is embedded in our nature since the fall of man in Genesis. Paul talks about this as well. You have to fight your flesh as it wants to serve sin despite you wanting to serve God.