Scripture Reading: Romans 7: 7-25 and 8: 1-39
As I was reading Romans chapter 7 , especially 15 – 20, I was nodding my head, saying yes, yes, I feel the same way Paul; It’s not me that sins, it’s the evilness within my soul. Then I go from nodding to crying. “ For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” So true, so true. Does anyone else feel this way? This walk through Romans has been very powerful. I hope it has been for you.
Thankfully Paul goes on and gives us the the answer, as he states in Romans 8 : 23, ” We believers groan, even though we have the Holy spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. The Holy spirit helps us in our weakness. ” That’s the answer. That is the key, the Holy spirit. God gave us this gift. He knew that we could not overcome our sin. We are dead, and need resurrection. But with the holy spirit we can overcome this world. In A.W. Tozer’s book “How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit”, he implores his readers to understand that the holy spirit is just as powerful and equal to God and Jesus. We just forget to tap in to his presence. Within the text of Romans, it reminds us that God is already living within us as believers. We forget this. How is this any different that when we will be in heaven? We hunger for his presence and how much better things will be in heaven. But we already have his presence dwelling within us. Right now we are just living in a fallen world. Paul states, “you are not controlled by your sinful nature You are controlled by the Spirit.” Let’s just allow him to be in the driver’s seat. Carrie Underwood had it all wrong. We are not suppose to proclaim, “Jesus take the wheel”.. We need to proclaim “Holy Spirit” take the wheel.
This week has been spiritually wonderful. Physically and mentally my life feels like chaos and disruptions prevail.. But God’s word and the Holy Spirit’s presence has been the only thing that has kept me grounded. Next week we will move back to the Easter story with a little close up look at the life of a pharisee and an exploration of Pontius Pilate. Thank you God for this break from history and the powerful impact you Word still and does make in our lives.