Skip to main content

Romans 7:20: Now If I Do What I Do Not Want, It Is No Longer I Who Do It, But Sin That Dwells Within Me.

Romans 7:20
[20] Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (ESV)

What excites you about heaven? Is it the streets of gold? Perhaps you are looking forward to seeing loved ones who have gone on before you. Maybe you are anxious to talk to heroes of the faith that you have read about in the pages of Scripture. Certainly, we can all look forward to being with our savior, Jesus Christ.

I am sure that one of the things that Paul would tell us he was excited about when it comes to heaven was the reality that he would no longer have to deal with this sin that dwelt within him. The Apostle Paul found himself doing the very things he did not want to do. His sin was constant reminder of his need for the Savior.

Are you a believer in Jesus Christ, yet you find yourself continuing to do the very things that you do not want to do? You are in good company. You and the Apostle Paul have the same struggle. This is not a time for you to wallow in defeat. This is a time for you to take action. You are at war with the sin that dwells within you.

What should you do when you blow it, . . . again? 1 John 1:9 would remind us to confess our sins, knowing that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Additionally, we need to draw close to the Lord. We simply cannot rely on our own strength in this battle with the sin that dwells in us. We need to depend completely on the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

Heaven is a place with no more sin. On this side of heaven we need to deal with sin by confession and upon the Holy Spirit.


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 15:20-21: And Thus I Make It My Ambition To Preach The Gospel, Not Where Christ Has Already Been Named

Romans 15:20–21 [20] and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, [21] but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (ESV) We need to be reminded continually that the message of the Gospel is intended to move all across the world. Jesus said that his followers were to preach the Gospel, starting in Jerusalem, and continue preaching the Gospel to the whole world. Christians have not always been good at delivering the Gospel message as far and as often as they should. In the first century church it took intense persecution to motivate the disciples in Jerusalem to bring the Gospel to Judea and Samaria. Once the disciples fled to new regions they shared the Gospel wherever they went. Would the disciples have preached the Gospel without the persecution? We may never know. Some probably would have stayed in their co