Please read the scripture reference: Romans 7:14-25 NKJV
Verse 18: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) no good thing dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
The book of Romans is considered, by many, to be the New Testament book of doctrine. It is here where we learn the discipline of how to become a follower of the faith. At times, it is, I admit, quite challenging to find your personal path and continue the walk. There are areas of life most of us would agree that challenge us and bring us to a point of concern as to whether or not we got it right. Sometimes, there is no doubt we didn’t but we’re not sure how exactly to correct our errors.
The study of our creation is fascinating. Man consists of spirit, soul, and body. Paul, in this chapter, was wrestling with the delicate balancing act we all face between our spirit and our soul. Just as God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, these three are one; so are we spirit, soul, and body. These three are one. This is a fascinating study that I certainly don’t have time to explore in the brief time of sharing but it is a good six month study at least. Why don’t we just have a brief peep at why doing good and doing easy simple assignments can some days seem so difficult. Most scholars agree that in our spirit we find our conscience, intuition, and communion; while in our soul we have our mind, will and intellect. So after our prayer and meditation with God our Father, we will call that communion, our spirit is charged with love and instructions. However, our soul will on most days confront and challenge the will of God with our own ideas that originate from our intellect through our will. Most of us have experienced, on most days, hourly internal debates about what God did or didn’t say based on internal rivalry. Sometimes what I want and what God wants for me is not the same thing. My spirit heard it but my soul fights it. Paul said “to will is present”, but he didn’t know how to get back to what was good. IT WASN’T OUTSIDE. All this was taking place within him. Isn’t that what was done to Eve by the Devil? He was able to use how she thought and processed things against her. He asked the question, “Hath God said”? It wasn’t what she did that got her in trouble first, it was what she thought and then she acted on it and committed sin. The act was committed after the battle was won or lost inside her. Let me make this easy for you; “for as a man thinks, so is he”. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Paul continues, in verse 19, and says, “for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do”. Romans 12:2 says we should not conform but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. What ever thought you are having, if its not HIM, think again.
In most colleges and some businesses they teach something called ‘conflict resolution’. How to resolve the matter and move forward is still a major concern for most of us. I submit to you on this blessed day that while you are puzzled about some difficult decisions you must make, don’t be afraid to trust the part of you that you know you hear from God with. You know both His voice and you also know your will. Don’t be afraid to trust Him, I promise you nothing will be lost by trusting His way. Stop the arguing, end the conflict, TRUST HIM!
“There may come a day I quit and give up but today is not the day.”
~ Bishop Donald A. Wright