Yesterday, I was reading Romans 7 and it really moved me. I was so entranced by this chapter that I didn’t want it to end. I came to the conclusion- as you will see in a moment- that this is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible, and I felt led to write a mini-devotional in a note on the YouVersion Bible App.
So, I want to urge you to read the entirety of Romans 7 (it isn’t very long) and then read what God led me to write about the chapter, below. I really hope it encourages you in your faith in Jesus Christ!
“I think this is one of my favorite chapters in the whole bible. It clearly shows that “perfection” is impossible and not the goal. The goal is to receive the love and grace of God through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Make Him the Lord and Ruler over our life, our heart, our body, our soul, and our mind; follow His leading, listen to His correction, always remain teachable, stay off our high horse and repent when repentance is due. We just need to realize (lost or saved, self-righteous or humble) that we cannot do it on our own. It is impossible. We will always fail. But, God will give us a desire to do and be better. God will give us the strength. God will take out the parts of our heart that are stony and wicked. God will deliver us from our sinfulness and our reprobate mind. Granted, it is a slow process. There will be times when the growth feels like it is a million miles a minute. Then there will be times you feel like you don’t know what’s going on, but you hate who you are becoming/being because the growth has stopped and you can feel yourself slowly going backwards – all the while questioning where God is and wondering why He isn’t helping you, why He isn’t changing you. It is all part of sanctification. We are in a constant battle between our heart/mind and our flesh. It won’t end until we stop breathing and go on to the other side of death. There are times when we are in the Spirit, and we are full of Him and we can endure and withstand the warring of our flesh. And there are times when we will submit to our flesh. But, God knows that. Jesus said “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). So, why do we think we are better than human nature? Everyone in the faith ahead of us – including Paul, as we see here – has had to deal with the warring of our inner man and our flesh (EXCEPT JESUS). We aren’t above it, either. If we could be perfect God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ would be null and void. We wouldn’t need justification and sanctification. We wouldn’t have needed a Savior. We wouldn’t need God. BUT, we aren’t perfect, and we do need His grace, mercy, justification, sanctification, Son, and presence (lost OR saved). So, I urge all of us who have already been saved to REALLY examine ourselves and be honest with ourselves about the war happening between our flesh and our inner man. Be honest with ourselves that we, on our own, are not perfect. But, we have “washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14), so that is what God sees. We just need to make sure we live a life of constantly keeping them white. If we sin, repent and ask God to wash us with the blood, again. Sanctification lasts a life time, so don’t get caught up is self-righteousness. And don’t get caught up in judging and slandering other believers, either. If you see something wrong, and feel called to, go to that person in love and lovingly rebuke and encourage them in the faith. And, most importantly (whether God calls you to speak with them or not), pray for them. Pray for the lost, too – and minister to them, sometimes with words, and sometimes with your life (depending on what you’re called to do at that time). [Know that I am speaking to myself, also] For those that are not saved, be honest with yourself on how badly you need a Savior, and know that Jesus Christ, the son of God, died for you. Jesus bore our sins and transgressions and carried them onto the cross and died for them, so we wouldn’t have to, then He was raised from the grave! Hallelujah! He died holding the sins of the world on His back so we could have the opportunity to live in freedom. Then God raised Jesus again for His eternal glory! Accept God’s grace, mercy, love, and the sacrifice of His Son, and live a life where you are able to have free access to God through His son, Jesus Christ. Get to know God through His Word (cover to cover) and make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. His yoke is easy and His burden light. Go to Him today, He is waiting for you with open arms. Confess your sins/sinfulness to Him and accept the fact you NEED a Savior (we all do). He loves you.”
Well, there you go! That was the leading of the Holy Spirit concerning Romans 7! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed being led in writing it. It was an amazing experience to have the Lord use His Word to spark a desire to write about it! I thank the Lord, and give Him all the glory for this mini-devotional! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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