Taking charge

   Posted by: anita   in Uncategorized

Yesterday my husband preached a great sermon on ‘Decisions’ and I know it was inspiring to many people.  I struggle sometimes with following through with my decisions.  I know what I need to do, and want to do what I need to do, but it’s so hard!  Is this discipling myself?  We might read Romans 7:15-20, as Paul says, I do what I don’t want to do and don’t do what I want to do. I think this is a life long struggle between the spirit and the flesh.

Do you think we ever come to the point of not struggling so much?  Are there periods in our lives that we struggle less?  Is it indeed a life long struggle, to do what we know we should do?  Do we do better only to find we become prideful and then have to start all over?

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I’m coming to terms with the fact that on my own I will always be (my own paraphrase of Romans 7:18b-19) “willing the good, but I can’t perform it. For I don’t do the good thing I want to do, but I end up doing the evil thing I don’t want to do.” I am constantly tortured by my own moral incapacities and failures, no matter how hard I try to avoid them! I can’t quite get away from them.

But, praise God, He has solved the whole problem for me! Now, if I can just stay aware of that fact and stop forgetting it all the time. (Again, my little paraphrase…) “For God has done what the law (being weak because of human flesh) was incapable of doing. God sent his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and as a sin-offering; and, right there in the flesh, he condemned sin.” Romans 8:3.

I’m learning, very slowly, and with lots of mistakes along the way, that I can only take charge when God empowers me. I can only stop struggling when God empowers me to stop. I can’t really ever discipline myself on my own, I can only stop not disciplining myself. I need God to enable me to discipline myself.

I have a teacher in a class I am taking right now who pointed out that we really aren’t capable of saying ‘yes’ to God, we are only capable of not saying ‘no.’ That is such a powerful statement! I can only struggle less when I stop saying ‘no’ to God, and let Him enable me to accept and exist in what He has already accomplished.

Now, if I can just learn to stop saying ‘no’ to God! That’s seems to be the kicker! 😀

March 14th, 2007 at 2:05 am

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