You’ve heard it said, living a Christian life isn’t easy. It’s true. Studying in Romans 7 just this morning, I found some powerful, humbling verses that reiterate this saying that to some may seem cliché. The first part of the chapter is talking about the Law and how we are freed from the Law after accepting Christ. We’ve died to the sin that once held us captive and are told to “serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (v6) The second part of the chapter goes forward to talked about the Law and sin. The flesh, our human nature, is not good. Verse 18 says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, I my flesh.” Nothing good. Verse 15b, “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” If you aren’t at a point where you hate your sin, you’re not living a Christian life. If you’ve truly accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you will HATE sin. Why then do Christians sin? Jump back to verse 18, “Nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” As Christians, we want to do the right thing. Our earthly mission is to be Christ-like and to share the gospel. There is a constant spiritual battle, though, when we Christians make the right choice and do good.
A little background, Satan, the devil, hates Jesus, hates Christians. The name Satan, itself, means adversary. Satan is our adversary. Satan was an angel and he was forced out of Heaven when he wanted to compete with God. He wanted to be God, therefore he was no longer good. He became an adversary, and since the day of his fall, he’s been working hard to take out the people of God and win them for his side of this spiritual battle. Every time we sin, we give him a small victory, however we know that the battle is already won, and Jesus is the ultimate victor. ⬇️⬇️⬇️