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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Battle Within

This afternoon I was reading in Psalm 24.  There are a lot of passages that I really love.  My sons will tell you that when we were meeting regularly in Bible study just about every week I would tell them that we were looking at one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  It became a joke to them.  Psalm 24 is not one of them.  It is one of those passages I do not like very much.
How do we deal with the reality of fighting sin in our lives?
Specifically I do not like 3 – 4.  Why?  I do not know about you, but that sure does not describe me.  As hard as I try I cannot maintain that standard.  No matter how much I pray, study, beseech the Lord for strength, my flesh seems to eventually, read daily, get the better of me.  The older I get, the more I understand Paul in Romans 7:15 – 24.

The good news follows hard on the heels of that passage, Romans 7:25 – 8:1.  In Christ I am not condemned for the failing of my flesh.  I still, like Paul have to battle, not only my flesh but the one who is trying to devour me, 1 Peter 5:8.  But the hope and the glory is that the victory is not in my ability to deal with my sin but Christ’s.

I got there through Psalm 24.  I guess it is not such a bad passage after all.

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