Good… (or lack thereof!)

3 Mar

Paul discusses this problem (most commonly known as SIN) in Romans, and I can relate fully with his description of himself.

  “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Romans 7:14-24

It is a battle I cannot win in myself. This lack of goodness prevents me from being of any use to Him at all. In my flesh (and in yours!) dwells no good thing. I am carnal and can’t do anything for Christ.

Are you depressed, yet?

I am!

If we were to just isolate this portion of Scripture, we would be setting ourselves up for a life of misery, plagued by failure and discouragement.

However, this is not how the Christian life should be characterized.

We don’t have to stay bound by sin and self.

Thankfully, Paul doesn’t end the book of Romans with chapter seven! Look what we find in chapter eight!

 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (verses 1-5)

As Christians, we are not sentenced to a life of defeat due to our sinful natures! We have the privilege of knowing what it’s like to have the chains of bondage broken by the blood of our Lord Jesus! No longer condemned. No longer able to use sin as an excuse not to do our best, to give our all in His Service. What the law did in confirming my inability to succeed in living a life pleasing to my Lord, His death took care of for me once and for all!

Don’t get me wrong, if we don’t stay close to Jesus through prayer and time in His precious Word, sin is a very real problem, but when we are diligent in our pursuit of Jesus, when we seek to know Him and walk worthy by the power of His Holy Spirit, we can live in sweet victory. We can have the good we lack on our own.

He is everything we’re not and desires that we tap into all that He is! What a privilege we have! While sin seeks to “reign death” even after salvation, to keep us from the life of righteousness He saved us to live, we read in Romans 5:21 that grace seeks to “reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Though sin is a very present opponent, Paul reminds us that we are to strive to avoid it all cost. Just because the temptation is there, doesn’t mean we must give in. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2)   Again, we have been given everything we need to overcome!

I am thankful tonight that though good is lacking in myself, I belong to a God that has an inexhaustible supply at my disposal!

  “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!” Romans 5:20

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Another Jarrett Update:

Things don’t look as good today as they did yesterday. I can’t fathom how heartbreaking these bumps in the road must be! I’ll include a portion of today’s email below.

I come to you again pleading for more and more prayer and I do so appreciate your faithfulness in prayer for Jarrett….. but he continues to have more and more bumps in the road……
    Yesterday I reported that the lung specialist was confident the surgery of Monday was and would be successful – well by Tuesday evening that is not 100%.  It did help, but now Jarrett lungs ( both) are filling with fluid as well as around the heart and both are collapsing in the lower level..  The right has an air pocket on outside that is pressing on the lung.  All the levels are up with the kidneys and the liver (not drastically at this point).  The x-ray shows it has only gotten worse.  Jarrett started back with the fever and Hopkins has sent out all cultures – blood, urine, and secretion.  They have plans of every two hours start with the precusion and going to try suction out the fluid.
Please pray pray pray that the infection has truly left his body and please be prayerful that they are able to control this fluid.  On Monday they inflated the lungs and now it is Wednesday and both are collapsing again.

Please continue lifting Jarrett and his dear family up in prayer.

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