Posted on Tue, May 1, 2012
The Gospel of Grace versus the Flesh
I find that there is a law, that evil is present within me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing into captivity the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God…through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:21-25
“Thank God for Jesus!” This was my late Grandmother’s favorite refrain in praise, sorrow, and worship. In my early years of life, this seemed to be so cliché; however, in my later years I have come to realize how truly valuable and “worshipful” this statement is to our souls. Our wretched and carnal nature seems to gravitate effortlessly toward sin, destruction and the grave…but thank God for Jesus! This gracious gift of salvation was immortalized in that familiar scripture, John 3:16, “…for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This Gospel or “good news” makes everyday a joyous day in Jesus the Christ. And even though tough times may immerge and we allow our “flesh-man” to walk over our “spirit-man”, we can simply call on the name that’s above every name and He will provide a way of escape. Sometimes, that escape will not be a simple egress. Like a new butterfly breaking through its cocoon, we too must allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to be released from our bondages. And WHEN the pull of sin connects with our flesh and calls to return to those dry places we once found comforting to the flesh, know that there will be a battle…but thank God for Jesus! In Him we win!
In His Love!
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