A human being lives, but he is given life.
The title of this devotional is, “The Christian Struggle” because the non-believer does not have the struggle that the Christian has. The unconverted man does not have the Spirit of God and is only controlled by his carnal mind. And according to Paul the carnal mind is “enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” (Rom. 8:7). The Christian, on the other hand, obeys God because the Holy Spirit has put the desire to obey in his/her heart. The born-again individual very much wants to carry out God’s will in his life. Paul calls this delighting “in the law of God according to the inward man” (Rom. 7:22), and under the new covenant promise, the Holy Spirit begins writing God’s laws in the heart and mind (Heb. 8:8-10)
However, the new believer soon discovers that there is another very strong desire in him/her, the desire to sin. Now that he has the Spirit of God in him he/she is aware of their sinful desires. So now there are two natures that dwell in side him/her; one that still desires to sin and the other that desires only to follow God. Paul very clearly describes this intense conflict, experienced by every Christian, in (Rom. 7:14-25). Recognizing the impossibility of obeying God’s law because of the power of sin in his life, Paul cries out “What a wretched man I am” (Verse 24, 25). In (Romans 8:1-4)
Paul gives the solution to this problem in the believer’s life. It is to allow Jesus to come in to your life via the Holy Spirit and He will set you free.
We are all sinners and only through the constant infilling of the Holy Spirit can we be victorious over sin.
Supporting Scripture; (Rom. 6:17), (2 Cor. 3:3), (Gal 5:16, 17), (Rom. 8:4)
Personal Reflection and Discussion