More than one believer has been rudely awakened to the reality that living for God is not without struggle. In fact the struggle is a war. Ground zero of that war is the mind.
The Warring Mind ~
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7:22,23
Paul’s writings in Romans chapters 6-8 capture so many key truths about this struggle. Especially for a brand new believer understanding this truth is critical to surviving that war within. The enemy would love you to believe that you’re the only one struggling. Many have thought that they just weren’t cut out for this Christian life because they struggle to be spiritual.
Highlights from these chapters include:
1. Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (6:1,2)
2. For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (6:4)
3. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (6:7)
4. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (6:13)
5. Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (6:16)
6. Sin will enslave you and then continuously take you deeper. (6:19)
7. Through the new birth we identify with the death of Christ and are freed to serve Him by living in the Spirit instead of striving to follow the letter of the law. (7:6)
8. Sin will try to twist good things, even the Word of God, to heap condemnation on us. (7:16)
9. There is nothing good in my sinful nature. (7:19)
10. The internal conflict between my sinful nature and my desire to please God can make me miserable. (7:24,25)
11. Those sold out to Jesus have power over sin. (8:2) What controls you? (8:5)
12. Christ lives in you (8:10)! That Same Spirit (8:11)!
13. The Children of God are led by the Spirit of God! (8:14) Abba Father! (8:15)
14. Today’s suffering doesn’t compare to the future glory. (8:18)
15. We must wait patiently and confidently (8:25) for the blessings of full adoption (8:23).
16. The Spirit will help with our human frailties (8:26).
17. All things will work for our good (8:28)!
18. God is for you! God is for us! (8:31)
19. Nothing can separate us from the love of God manifest to us in and through Christ (8:35 & 39).
20. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us (8:37)
The revelations that come from the Word of God will always require action. Unpracticed truths are no better than idolatry. We know that knowledge of truth is not enough. We must be doers of the truth. So my prayer for you today is that revelation will come as you study these chapters from this simple outline; and that revelation will help you to be victorious in living for Christ!