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.
Most people share the feelings of the Apostle Paul – we don’t do the good things we want to do, but we end up doing the very thing we don’t want to do. It’s a vicious cycle where we’re trapped by our own sin.
Sin is a powerful force. We’re born with it basically in our DNA, just as much as we’re born with brown hair or freckles or green eyes or a high forehead. Sin is coded into us by our relationship to the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve. It’s something we can’t escape on our own, and something that will continually have us fighting the desire to avoid good and to do bad.
It’s like a war going on within us. The God in us is constantly battling against the sin inside of us. God can’t stand sin, and our sinful nature feels uncomfortable around God. The only way to win is to make a habit out of submitting to the Lord on a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute basis. The more God has control of your heart, soul and mind, the more you’ll let Him guide your actions. And the more you’ll do things that are pleasing to Him.
This week, focus on inviting God into your plans. In fact, try making His plans your plans. By winning more of the minute-by-minute battles, you’ll make big strides toward winning more spiritual wars.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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