Can you think of a time when you did something even though you RESOLVED not to do it? Let’s imagine your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthy and you’re doing great. As you leave to attend a party, you are confident in your ability to withstand your biggest temptation… dun, dun, DUH… the dessert table. You are convinced that you will NOT eat any dessert. Maybe you were good for a while, but in a moment of weakness, you noticed that your all-time favorite dessert is sitting there, calling your name. You turn away… even leave the room. But now the picture of that dessert fills your mind. While you’re chatting with friends, you imagine what just one bite would taste like. Your thoughts are in a battle… one bite won’t hurt… don’t eat it, you’re stronger than this… you’ve eaten so healthy all week, you deserve a treat…don’t give in because you’ll feel guilty if you do. What do you do?
Today’s Romans reading talks about how we struggle with sin. We do what we don’t want to do. And Paul, who is such a man of faith, struggled with this just like we do. (Insert a huge sigh of relief right here). Go ahead and read Romans 7.
Here’s some questions for you to consider:
- Read Romans 7:4. What is the good news from this verse? How does this encourage you?
- How do we serve God according to Romans 7:6?
- Read Matthew 12:1-7. Who is living by the letter of the law and who is living by the Spirit?
- What does obeying the letter of the law look like?
- How would you describe living in the Spirit? (John 14:26)
- Read Romans 7:14-20. How can you relate to these verses? Think about a specific time where you did what you didn’t want to do. How did you feel? What was the outcome?
- Read Romans 7:21-25. Where is the war taking place?
Take a moment to thank your Father God for the hope that Jesus gives you. You are not a slave to sin when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior! There’s more hope to come tomorrow… but until then, listen to The Well by Casting Crowns. Accept the invitation to “Come to the well.” Leave all your sin behind… including the sin that you willingly choose and the sin that you put on even though you don’t want to. Leave your sin at the cross. Lay down your heavy burdens and exchange it for Jesus’ light and easy yoke! Remember you are God’s treasured possession!