SUGGESTED READING: ROMANS 7:14 -17
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “….. With the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”
Lunacy, in the natural world, means that a person has alternating personalities. The most popular literary presentation of this type of behavior is Robert Louis Stevenson’s study “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.”
One of the greatest tragedies with regard to spiritual matters is this very thing. When the Holy Spirit first convicts a person’s conscience, and uncovers a personality that fights against the light of God, the consequence is spiritual conflict. It is this tragedy of tragedies to which Paul is alluding in Romans 7.
The ultimate outcome of this spiritual tragedy is either our sinking back into the old unity of the personality of sin, or being lifted up to a new unity of the personality of holiness. Man is what his “will” makes him, and sin’s seat of operation is in the human will. A person’s attitude toward God depends on the simplicity of a personal choice
Prayer Thought: “Father, unless You empower me to live victoriously, I will miserably fail You” Amen.
SOURCE: Culled from DEVOTIONS FOR A DEEPER LIFE BY OSWALD CHAMBERS.