Our Only Hope in the Battle with Sin
“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:21-25
The battle against our own sin is tiring. Sometimes it seems no matter how badly we want to do what is right, no matter how hard we grit our teeth, we can’t get a grip on this specific sin. We read the books, we listen to the podcasts, we take the advice, we say the prayer, and the struggle is still present.
As long as we live in this sinful flesh, we will face this battle daily. Sin will always be hiding behind a tree waiting to pounce on us like a lion. As long as we are on earth, we will trudge through this battle.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord that He has delivered us from this body of death.
We live in this already-but-not-yet complex of being saved from sin but still in our sinful bodies. By believing in Christ’s atonement and trusting him as our Savior from sin, we have a new heart that desires to obey God. But we are still in this sinful flesh that loves sin. But because of Christ’s atonement, we know there is an end in sight. One day we will be redeemed from this body of death and enter into eternal life with God where all will be new and perfect…without blemish and without sin.
Cling to this hope and reality, friend, as you face that daily battle. Don’t let sin discourage you into a plateau. Continue striving to be obedient; continue fighting the good fight of the faith. But not in your own power—in the power of Christ who raised Himself and you from the dead.
Dear God, thank You for saving me from this body of death. I do not deserve Your grace nor do I deserve the gift of eternal life. Thank You for showing me such mercy. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You, in Your strength. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You when the battle against sin is tiring. Amen.
Spend some time in Romans 7 and 8 today to remind yourself both of the reality of the battle against sin and your great hope in the midst of it.