Friday, June 20, 2008

Struggling with Sin....

I have been reading different parts of the first eight chapters of Romans over and over this week. Still working on all of this Spirit stuff. I hadn't put together that the context of a lot of the "living in the Spirit" verses were in the part of the Scripture talking about sin. How we should deal with sin in our lives and how we overcome it. (By "living in the Spirit") So I am going to share my conclusion with you: We were born sinners. If we are really Christ's, His Spirit lives in us, giving us new life. We should consider ourselves dead to sin and let the Spirit control our minds. We will always struggle with the sin that still lives in our bodies and eventually, it will kill us. (And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. Rom 8:10 NLT) But we need to hold fast to the FACT that that is not the end, only the beginning. That even though we are still struggling with sin, He will have the final victory. So, the key is to not lose hope in our struggles and to trust the work God is doing in our lives and in our hearts. The key for me anyway, because I am still struggling with thinking I should be doing a better job with life than I am. But oh yeah, life is not about me, it is about Him. I think I need to chant that to myself like a hundred times today......

No, actually, today I need to rejoice that I am His. That His love for me is unending. That He has saved me from sin. That He has wonderful plans for my life. That He wants to be with me for eternity. That He died to be with me. I want to live this day close to His heart. With my heart singing praises to His. I want to put aside myself and live in Him today. He is beautiful and He is real, and He is mine. And yours. He is big enough for all of us. He is good.

3 comments:

kenyongerbrandt said...

Grace. It's the central focus of the cross. Romans 7 sums it up really nice. The law says control your actions...but the harder I try the more I feel the pull to sin. Grace says the only thing that saves us is Jesus' blood on the cross. There is NO action we can take to save ourselves any more or any less. Our lives are to be lived as a reflection of God's grace. Grace.

Tawny said...

Thank you. I needed those words today. I have been "trying" again. That's why I have been struggling. His work is enough. Grace.....Joy, Hope, Peace.

Jess said...

as i finished this i let out a big sigh..."ahhhh..."...it was so good - i LOVE romans - i LOVE reading about the Holy Spirit in Acts...

He IS good...

love
jess