Today is the final post that focusses on the negative. From today on, we highlight the solution and the wonderful promises of a better life – all simply received by your faith as a free gift!
But for today, let’s consider the hopelessness of the situation. We’ve covered the fact that everyone is under sin and we’ve covered the consequences.
God’s prophet Jeremiah told the people to stop their sinning and their reply was an honest one – it is hopeless, they cannot!
[Cease from your mad running after idols, from which you get nothing but bitter injury.] Keep your feet from being unshod and your throat from thirst.
But you said, It is hopeless! For I have loved strangers and foreigners, and after them I will go. – Jer 2:25
In fact God’s Apostle Paul said the same thing about himself, in his mind he wants to stop, but he cannot stop his body doing the wrong thing. Then he explains the solution in one simple sentence: Jesus Christ.
These verses are Rom 7:20-25
Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul].So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature]. But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].
Now Paul laments the situation and asks the key question that we could also be asking…
O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?
And in the next verse Paul explains the solution to the problem of sin and death and all the many horrible consequences…
O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! – Rom 7:20-25
The solution is the life-death-resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is what has freed me from sin, freed me from death and freed me from the consequences under which I was suffering.
Today, spend some time considering what your life would be like if you could be released from sadness, released from past hurts and released from all other consequences that have been outlined in the previous pages.
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