This sermon was based on Romans 7:14-25
The Law and Sin
14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
The Impulse of the Moment Over the Longing of the Heart.
- Paul’s deepest desire is to be more like Jesus but he recognises that he often chooses to do the wrong things in the moment rather than the right things he really desires to do.
- Struggling in this way does not mean we have failed, it means we are engaged in the battle, we are on the field of play.
- We can find ourselves feeling as though we are the only one who struggles but this is not the case. We are not alone in our struggle and the struggle is not new.
What Are We Looking For?
- Its easy to fall back on the law and try to fulfil a set of rules.
- We are not looking simply to follow rules but to grow in relationship with Jesus. That relationship is what causes us to be transformed.
- The victory is won and the outcome is certain but the battles still have to be fought.
How do We Engage in the Battle?.
- This image of trying but failing is not a static picture of failure, its a dynamic description of a journey being travelled.
- Our prayer should be ‘help me be more like you’ and ‘teach me your ways’, these are prayers God loves to answer.
- We need to walk with Jesus and learn to wear the full armour of God reminding ourselves and one another that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.