Tuesday Morning: 26 Mar 2019 – Romans 7:13-23 ~ still struggling with sin

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 7:13-23 (NLT)

But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

Struggling with Sin

So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
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Morning Reflection:

“Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death.
So we can see how terrible sin really is.
It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.”

– Romans 7:13

In today’s opening verse, Paul describes the essence of our struggle with sin. It distorts the goodness of God for it’s own evil purposes – the destruction of our lives. Let’s look closer at this evil force of deception and distortion.

Steven Cole notes 15 ways that sin works to deceive us –

    1. By convincing us that outward conformity is enough, without an inward change of heart.
    2. By convincing us that everything is hopeless, so why even try.
    3. By presuming on God’s grace, sin today and be forgiven tomorrow.
    4. By convincing us it brings happiness, while godliness brings misery.
    5. By convincing us of our right to happiness, instead of our responsibility to godliness.
    6. By convincing us to discount the consequences of our willful disobedience.
    7. By convincing us that we’ve earned a free pass to sin because of our service, past or present, to God.
    8. By using euphemisms for sin, renaming immorality so that it sounds more acceptable.
    9. By creating a new normal, convincing us that sinful people are normal and godly people are weird.
    10. By working itself into our lives by degrees, so that what would have shocked us in the past is now accepted as normal.
    11. By making us angry at God’s rules, boundaries and limitations, convincing us that God is against us.
    12. By massaging our egos, boosting our pride and feelings of self-importance.
    13. By convincing us that God’s rules, boundaries and limitations are keeping us from developing our gifts and abilities.
    14. By making itself shiny and attractive, and making godliness look drab and dull.
    15. By lowering the bar so that we compare ourselves with other sinners instead of God’s high standards.

    Paul ends today’s reading with a reality check for believers –

    I have discovered this principle of life—
    that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
    I love God’s law with all my heart.
    But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.
    This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

    – Romans 7:21-23

    Questions for consideration:

    • As you review this list of sin’s means of deception, which ones stand out to you? Please explain,
    • Can you think of Biblical examples of sin’s deception? Please explain.
    • Can you think of personal examples of how sin has deceived you? Please explain.
    • Do you find yourself doing wrong, even though you love God and know what’s right? Please explain.

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    Morning Prayer:

    Lord Jesus Christ – Light of the World – expose the residual darkness in my life, and reveal the lies and deceit of the evil one who seeks to dominate and destroy my life. Break sin’s chains of bondage and set me free to love and serve you with my whole heart. Give me new eyes to see the world as you see it, and a new heart that breaks for the lost. Uncap the wellspring of the Holy Spirit within me that I may become a credible witness of your amazing grace. I ask this for your name’s sake. Amen.
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    “Set Me Free” – Casting Crowns

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    Closing:

    May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

    + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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2 replies

  1. Good 19:18PM evening, Dear friend.

    God bless you and yours: Amen in Jesus’ Name.

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