Romans 7:20-23 —- Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to 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.
Because man has a sin nature, an automatic desire to “break the law,” the natural instinct is to turn away from or deny that there is a God who is watching and who will hold them accountable.
It’s like the person who drives over the speed limit (ever do that?) They do so because they believe they can get away with it. But what happens as soon as the radar detector sounds or they see a highway patrol car? They immediately slow down to the speed limit.
People speed because it’s their nature to break the law. No matter how high the stated speed limit is, almost everyone always goes a little (or a lot) over it, believing they won’t get caught.
God has given every person a conscience. “Con” means “with,” and “science” means “knowledge.” Therefore, we are given the basic evidence of God via our conscience—our knowledge of right and wrong. However, as the scripture states, we “suppress” that knowledge in our unrighteousness—our sinful-by-nature desire to break the law.
We face this same problem daily; we are in a stage where we know what we are doing is wrong yet we find ways to continue doing them. No human being can help us because this battle is spiritual. Our help can only come through the Word of God.
Romans 7:24-25 —– O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
This is the wretched state of every person before we decide to make Jesus our Lord. But we know that Jesus is the only solution to help us out of this wretchedness.
One of the most shocking moments in our life is when we discover how sinful we really are. There comes a time when we realise that we have a force for evil in us that is so powerful that even as a saved man we cannot overcome it on our own strength.
When we reach this place where we see no good in ourselves then we realise that all our self-effort cannot deliver us from sin or enable us to live the Christian life. Only when we cast ourselves wholly on God for deliverance from sin will we able to free ourselves from this wretchedness.
TO TRUST GOD IN THE LIGHT IS NOTHING, BUT TO TRUST HIM IN THE DARK – THAT IS FAITH.