Are you struggling with sin or in a spiritual battle?
Everytime you mess up, do you find yourself going back to these verses saying, “well im just doing what Paul said,
Im doing the things I know I shouldnt be doing”?
In Romans chapter 7:14 Paul says the trouble is not with the law, it is with me. He says he doesnt really understand himself, I want to do what is right, but I dont do it. He says I know what I am doing is wrong…In vs 18 he says And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. So why does Paul say here he has a sinful nature when back in Romans chapter 6:6 that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ? He also says in 7:5 that we WERE controlled by our old nature. When Paul said, ” I do the things I dont want to do”, he was writting in a ‘historical present voice’. Meaning that he was thinking about when he was under the law. When we are living under the law it is miserable because we cant live by it. Paul said in vs 24 ” oh what a miserable man I am, who will free from this life of sin and death. The answer is Jesus Christ. There is total freedom in Jesus Christ and I am talking about freedom from sin and the spiritual battle. Colossians 3 says that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Guess what? there is no sin there and there is no spiritual battle there. We are seated high above the dark principalities and powers of the world. The bible says to think on the things that are above, the good things, things of a good report and the God of peace will be with us! How can you be in a spiritual battle and be in peace with God?
Now, the key to understanding this is to go back to the very beginning of the chapter. Paul says Brothers and sisters -you who are familiar with the law – Back then and believers today tend to slide back under the law causing us to become slaves to sin again. Read Galatians 3. Christians were sliding back into the law. We need to keep I mind that our sinful nature has been crucified and that we are not under the law anymore. We are under Grace now. The law was given to point out sin and grace was given to point out that Jesus took your sin. God is no longer dealing with sin. We are no longer slaves to sin , but slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:16
Living by the law empowers sin to have control over you. Living under grace empowers you to have self – control over sin and the spiritual battle.
Dont fall back under the law!