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Breaking The Cycle
9/16/2014

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Romans 7:15, 19 (NKJV)

Have you ever done something only to ask yourself, “Where did that come from?”  The truth is, I think we all deal with these frustrating times where we do the very things we might have said, “I’m not ever doing that again!”  We start off with the best of intentions and somewhere along the path we can get distracted or tempted to do something wrong.  It can be downright frustrating at times, especially when we’ve made the decision to put off the old nature and to put on the new man in Christ Jesus (Eph. 4:22-24).

I actually think every one of us can relate to the Apostle Paul’s statement dealing with the same issue.  He said, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (Rom. 7:15,19).

It can sound discouraging to read this and even cause one to lose hope in their ability to change.  One might even ask the question—

Q:         Am I doomed to continue in sin even though I have made a profession of faith in Jesus and have become Christians?

Before we accepted Christ our spirit was dormant, it was not alive. We did as we pleased, with only God’s morality written into our consciousness to keep us in check.  But with the acceptance of Christ, our spirit is now alive, and the Holy Spirit is also living in each of us. 

As a Christian, we have been given the power to override the temptations to sin, but we must take the steps to do what we know to be right.   We must also allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in His Power, because we cannot manifest it on our own.  In fact if I say that I will do better, and try to do it in my own power and abilities, then I am only deceiving myself, because sooner or later, I will eventually fail—only to start the whole cycle all over again (cf. John 15:5).

I want to encourage you today to believe in the Power of God to walk in newness of life.  You may feel powerless and even lack the joy and hope entitled to every child of God, but this does not have to be.  Choose to walk in newness of life today by God’s power – you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13).  Find your hope in Him, and the truth of His Word.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 15:13 where do we get our hope?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you abounding in hope from God's promises, including His promise to complete the work He has started in you (Phil 1:6)?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day (Eph. 5:18).  Now walk in truth, allowing God’s power to help you to make wise choices.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for saving me.  Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit in my life.  Fill me today afresh, and allow others to see You in me.  Help me to make proper decisions Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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