14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
My sinful flesh wants what is tangible, something i can see, touch, taste, & smell. My spirit wants what is spiritual, something unseen, the meaning of life, salvation & eternal. When i live in world where i hear about deadly viruses & see graveyards & don’t see dead friends & family members anymore, that doesn’t seem tangible to my sinful flesh & the struggle is real for me as it was was the the apostle Paul & mostly likely all God’s children. I think there will always be a struggle with our sinful flesh & spirit. Cause it seem for, myself the closer my relationship grows with the Lord, the less worthy if feel of His love & salvation, & the less worthy i feel sharing the word i share with you. Apostle Paul felt the same way;
1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
Mercy is something my sinful flesh doesn’t deserve, but because of my spiritual desires to serve the Lord, Jesus demonstrate His perfect patience with those who calls himself or herself the foremost or worst sinner. I ask myself this when i real Romans 7 when my spiritual life is always are warfare, the Apostle Paul tells me, I am not alone in this fight. God bless you all, I love you. Devotional by Sam H.