18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19 When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it. 21 It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
Are there days you feel this scripture more intensely? Sometimes, we just can’t do anything right or at least it feels that way. Thank God, He understands. God knows that our best intentions are just that. So many times we fail more than we succeed. But the key is that at times, we do succeed. We don’t always fail and that is what we need to remember. I love what Paul writes, he is so in touch with himself and he has helped me so many times. When life is taking you down a road of failures, remember that others have been there too. And there is hope; we are not destined to always fail. God understands that we are just made of dust and many times we fail. But when we take our pain and failures to Him, He will work out all things for our good because we love and trust Him. The answer really is Jesus Christ; it is only through Him that any of us will have victory. Only through Christ Jesus will any of us be sanctified. Remember who you are the next time you fail and then get up and continue on.
Have a God Day!