“Me Vs I” By Pastor Allan
Ever had a desire to change something? For example lose some of that extra weight, save money, love our friends and family more, change your thinking. These are just a few examples of the types of desires we have to better our lives. But often we don’t do what we have in our hearts to do. Matter of fact often we do the exact opposite!
Funny enough things weren’t any different when Paul wrote the book Romans, inspired by the spirit of God. Romans 7:18 speaks directly to the human condition.
Paul writes “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”Romans 7:18-19 ESV”
There are desires to do good, the desire to change and the desire to live the life you’ve always wanted to. But somehow we end up doing the same thing tomorrow that we did yesterday. Somehow nothing ever changes. Same struggle, same disappointment, same frustration. I guess this is just my life… Or is it?
Keep reading a little and you will see Paul didn’t finish there. You see we serve a God that spoke to what was nothing and created everything. A God so big that nothing is impossible!
Paul goes on to say in Romans 8 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 ESV
No condemnation, nothing! What does that mean practically for you?
It means every day when you wake up you can start again with God with fresh grace, fresh mercy fresh love. That enables you to go again and believe again that the desires we have can be achieved.
No condemnation equals no reason to quit!
There is something motivating about knowing that Jesus loves me no matter what! Good, bad or ugly he’s in my corner.
Jesus doesn’t deal out disappointment when we don’t hit the mark.
This is the key. Living life with this understanding in your heart enables you to keep going even if you’ve failed 1000 times before. You get back up why? Because no condemnation, no guilt gives you the ability and freedom to start again. What could you start again today?
The greatest days of your life are always ahead!