Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"In me dwelleth no good thing"

"I Know that in me [that is, in my flesh] dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not....O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 7:18, 24-25a

Have you ever used the phrase the devil made me do it?

Do you ever think that you are ok?

Do you think that you have arrived?

Do you ever find yourself doing those things that you know that you are not supposed to do?

Each of us are just human and human nature is too sin.

Paul the Apostle had come to the point that he had found out that there was nothing good in him. (Read Romans 7:14-25)

He found out that he was not as good as he thought.

I'm glad that Paul found that out, even as a devout Christian, he knew that he was not perfect.

hallelujah, there is room for even us.

It is when our standards are so high and so hard that we cannot fully live up to our moral judgment, this will morally condemn us.

When we try to solve our own problems, we struggle in our own strength, slipping into the grasp of sin.

We can never measure up to the Law, what a good man must actually be.

"To will" to measure up to God's requirements "is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not" in my own natural self.

It is in our own natural self that "dwelleth no good thing."

We all struggle against sin, but with the Spirit's help we can overcome that sin.

We can not fight the battle of sin in our own flesh.

We must take hold of what power God has given to us.

The Holy Spirit that lives in us gives us that power to overcome.

When we fall, which we all do, as we are all human, He lovingly reaches out to help us up.

"For all have sinned, and come short the glory of God." Romans 3;23

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us." I John 1:10

We do not have to fight sin alone, we have Jesus Christ right there by our side fighting for us.

When we became a Christian we experience a new birth into a new life.

In our new life we find that goodness is not possible by achieving it, but just by simply receiving it from the Lord.

We need to take pleasure in God.

We need to delight ourselves in Him!

What we cannot do for ourselves, Christ does for us.

"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 7:24

Christianity is not just being reformed, but it is a regeneration.

Paul said that it is not a religion of law but of grace.

If there is any goodness in us, we have not achieved anything, but it came from God, as HE has given it to us.

We receive goodness by simply living in dependence upon Him.

We can not take credit for His gift.

When we are pridefull, it comes from sin.

We are not as good as we think.

Why do we compare ourselves to our neighbor?

We unconsciously compare people that are morally inferior so that we shine as to say.

We think that we are better than we are.

This is the fastest way of self deception, self judgment.

Everything that we have comes from our Father above.

We have not cause we ask not.

We need to thank God for the freedom that we have in Him.

We need to let the Holy Spirit operate in us, and to help us through all of our struggles, not just those that we deem necessary.

"It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shewforth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2

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