What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25
Haven’t we all been there before, thinking… what a wretched person I am… what was I thinking, how did I get there, do that, let it get so far out of control?!! Where our mind goes from there determines our future doesn’t it. We either fall to the devils lies and become frozen in fear and shame or… 2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
What is our knowledge of God? Romans 8:1-4 states, Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did (GOD DID) by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, (condemned sin IN sinful man not THE sinful man) in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. WOW right! God is for us not against us! He knows our sinful nature and chose to sacrifice Himself in our place in order that we could choose eternal life in Him over the death we deserve if only we would believe in Him as our God, our one true living Lord and Savior! He paid the price He didn’t owe, for a people that owed a price they couldn’t pay. There is no greater love (John 15:13).
In our selves we are all wretched and fall short constantly but somehow He loves us anyway and offers forgiveness through sincere repentance. Thus providing the option of abundant life even after wretched failures!! John 10:10 states, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of sonship. And by him we cry “Abba Father.” Romans 8:15 You see the answer is not found in a principle or a program it is found in Who! Spending time with Jesus! Who do you call father? Jesus wants to be your all, He wants to make you part of His family, He wants to be your perfect loving Father. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace Romans 8:6 We have all fallen short but will we choose to believe He is bigger than our mistakes and His blood He shed for us on the cross was so thick there is nothing that cannot be made whole and living again! He is a God of resurrection and new life so let’s not allow the enemy a foothold but lets find our answer in Who, Jesus Who gave His life so that we could live and have an eternal future with Him!
Independent Read: Romans 8:31, Psalm 103:12, John 3:16