Romans 7:15-24 New International Version (NIV)
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.
As Pastor Idleman spends this week in Chapter 9 urging us to change, it is best to pay attention to the biggest barrier to change—our human nature. The revealing words above by Paul “hit the nail on the head.”
Paul, the man who persecuted Christians became an apostle after God called him to spread the Christian word; Paul knew change….yet he found he still struggled.
As do we.
There is nothing worse than a person who makes strides in becoming a better person only to “act out”. The feeling is utter defeat. Why have I done this?
Reference Romans 7:15-24.
None of us humans is perfect and if you are trying to be, you had better wise up.
Now let’s don’t go backward to the chapters about excuses. You know the one about not being able to look into the mirror, denial, projection and minimization.
Let’s move forward.
Accept the fact that we are going to stumble from time to time. It is no excuse. It is reality. Even though the stumble occurs, don’t wallow in it. Accept it. Get back up and move forward.
Sounds like Paul is really upset in Romans doesn’t it? I bet he is, but I bet he did not stay upset very long.
Acts 20: 24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
I don’t think a man who is wallowing in self-pity would write Acts 20: 24.