024: Seven (Sometimes Horrifying) Realities I Learn About Myself By Reflecting On God’s Nature

Devotional on Romans 7:13-20

The Old Testament Law is both wonderful and horrifying.  It’s wonderful because it reveals the perfect nature of God.  And, it’s horrifying because it reveals my own nature, which is far from perfect.

As Paul writes about the Law in Romans 7:13-20, I learn Seven (Sometimes Horrifying) Realities About Myself

 

First, before we get to those realities, lets get a little context.

 

1. The Law reveals God’s nature, and mine
7:13, “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful” NIV

The Law reveals that God is good.  But, it also reveals my own nature.  If something that is purely good kills me, then I can’t possibly be good.

 

2. The Law reveals that I was compelled
7:4, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin” NIV

The Law shows me that I was a slave to sin before choosing to believe in Jesus.  I was driven, led, motivated and controlled to do what I knew was wrong. Before I chose to believe in Jesus, there was nothing good enough within me that compelled me, as sin compelled me, to act.

 

3. The Law reveals that I was controlled
7:20, “Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” NIV

Before I chose to believe in Jesus, my sinful nature was not passive, rather, it was a driving force that was controlling me.  My sinful nature was alive, forcing me to do what I knew I shouldn’t be doing.

 

Before I chose to believe in Jesus my nature was not in sync with God’s, I was not free to choose to do good, and I was controlled to do what I knew was wrong.  With that context in mind…

Here are the Seven (Sometimes Horrifying) Realities I Learn About Myself By Reflecting On God’s Nature:

 

Before choosing Jesus…

1. I am not in control, I am being controlled

2. I have a nature that compels me to sin

3. I can’t please God because sin controls me

4. I am helpless to change my nature

5. The only way to gain control is to choose to surrender to Jesus

6. The only way to change my nature is to believe in Jesus

And, now that I have chosen Jesus…

7. As a Believer, I need to find a way to communicate the Law, the problem of our nature, and the solution found in Jesus

 

What about you?

Would you agree that those seven realities are true of you, too?

 

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