Have you ever had the feeling that while you really do want to do what is right in the sight of God, but somehow as hard as you may try it never seems to work out? Well let me tell you a secret, so did the apostle Paul. And he wrote half the New Testament.
Romans 7 v 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
- We are made in God’s image
- Our sinful nature is still very powerful in us
- We are the temple of the Holy Spirit
- We ave been brought into right standing with God through the blood of Jesus
- Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world
- Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms
When Jesus saves us and brings us into his family, he does not instantly build a wall of protection around us, and deliver us from all problems. We remain strangers in a world where we know this is not our home. Our home is in heaven and we are strangers in a foreign land. The problem is that when we come to Christ, we become dangerous to Satan, because the more we become like Jesus, the more we start to damage the kingdom of Satan. Satan will do everything he can to trip us up and make us stumble. But then on the other hand we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus as Saviour. So now we have this war between the forces of darkness and the forces of light – and they are pulling you and me in different directions like a tug of war rope.
The thing is that God is a gentleman and He never forces us to do anything and so he has to rely on influencing us through the washing of the word and the prayer. Satan on the other hand is no gentleman and he will do anything he can to destroy us.
So it is understandable that we find ourselves wanting to do something on the one hand and being unable to do it on the other. Paul recognizes this and that is why he says what he does above. So what do we do about it then? The answer is we have to stand on the Word. That means we have to try to submit to God daily. When we fall down and fail, we get up again and we try again. When we ask the Holy Spirit to help us then we know that he will. Change takes time and in order to become like Jesus, we have to be patient and we have to take a step at a time every day.