Today's devotion is based on Saint Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome. Romans 7: 18 and 19, plus 24 and 25. "For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. . . . What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
What Paul says about himself applies to every Christian, for living in Christ means being in a war. Every morning when you put your feet on the ground, you step onto the battlefield of temptation. This battle rages inside of you.
Within every Christian lives the sinful nature. Your sinful nature is why you question God" s Word and struggle with its teachings. Your sinful nature wants you to be in charge, not God. What can you do? Alone with Paul, we cry out, "Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?"
Jesus, that's who. The Bible tells us that Jesus "has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin." Jesus gave his perfect life as the once and for all sacrifice for all your sins.
Please pray with me: Remind me through your Word that even though I am not always victorious in my battle against sin, I will be victorious when you call me home, for you have already won the battle for me. Amen.