For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)
In the area of Jerusalem, a Roman named Saul took pleasure in the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus. He was living by the law of man and felt no guilt for the beatings, stoning, and all bad things he was doing to the Christians. He took pride for fulfilling the law of the unrighteous so well.
One day on the road to Damascus, Saul had a meeting with Jesus and that meeting eventually filled Saul with the hope of redemption. Saul admitted what he had been doing was wrong and confessed his sins and became a new man.
As a new man, Jesus gave Saul the new name of Paul and Paul immediately began following and living the rest of his life for Jesus.
From the Bible, we know that Paul became a very spiritual man. It is thought that he wrote 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament and yet here he is (truly a righteous man) telling us that he could not get his sin under control!
Paul wants to do what’s right but he can’t seem to do it. He wants to obey the law of the righteous, but keeps failing and is feeling hopeless and helpless at correcting his failures. It seems that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop sinning. In fact the more he tries, the worse he becomes.
As Saul, he had committed so many horrendous acts, yet never felt bad about any of them. In fact, he felt good.
But now that Paul is living a righteous life, he feels convicted so often and in so many ways. It’s not because he’s sinning more or living in sinful ways, it’s because he is living in a righteous (Godly) way and he feels the conviction of every sin.
Conviction is actually a good thing. God desires us to be upset when we do something that is not pleasing to him. If we didn’t squirm and feel convicted, then why would we turn to God, through Jesus, asking for forgiveness.
At this point in Paul’s life, he was attempting to fight the sin by himself. Paul was believing that in his own strength, he could defeat it.
Paul then asks “who shall deliver me?” FINALLY, he came to the conclusion that having done all he could (standing strong, trying to fight the evil himself) he needs to call on God, confess the sin and ask for forgiveness.
Without the grace and mercy of God, we can never be redeemed from the curse of sin, no matter how hard we try.
We live in a world of sin and our bodies carry sin, but we don’t have to live in evil ways. If we trust in God, confess each time we sin, thank him, speak his word and believe with faith, then God will give us the strength to overcome evil.
These verses opened my eyes to sin. I guess I have always been “trying” not to carry sin and when I fail, the enemy tells me I’m a failure.
By these verses, I can now see that as long as I love you and do my best to stay true to you, confess my sins and ask for forgiveness, you will always help me.
I am so very thankful that I now know that sin is inside each and every one of us, and that even the people that I see as “living the perfect life in Jesus” have the same daily struggles as I do.
Father, please help me to be aware of the enemy working in my life. Help me to confess right away when I know I’ve done something that is not pleasing to you. I do not want to carry that sin!
Thank you for using people like Saul (the natural person) and showing me that even people like him can be used by you and become the Paul’s of this world.
I am blessed to be your child and know that you are always there to love and strengthen me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen.
In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I give you thanks and praise.
All for your glory, Lord, all for your glory.