26th February 2020

Can’t Help Myself…

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do…it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me…for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
Romans 7:15-18 (NKJV)

I read a magazine article recently* that began with the author saying something like “I want a biscuit…I shouldn’t, but I’m going to…no, stop, it’s not good for me, but too late, I ate it!” He goes on to tell of IT technology that intervenes in our lives to stop us doing things we shouldn’t—cars that pull over and stop if you’ve had too much to drink, apps that stop you gambling, or messages on facebook that say ‘Are you sure you want to post that?’ The article goes on to ask what is freedom? Are we slaves to our ill-advised desires and impulses?

What do you think? Can will-power prevent us sinning? There are many people who have developed marvellous will-power but alas, the majority of us struggle to break bad habits, to stop smoking, to lose weight, to stop worrying or to keep fit. Is the answer AI, apps and cars that refuse to go if we have had a drink?

The header scripture goes on in verses 24 & 25 to say the answer is Jesus Christ. Christ in us can guide us to right desires, away from wrong desires and into “the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe,” as it says in Romans 3:22. One of my favourite scriptures is in Philippians 2:13, which assures us that “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

But still we will slip as long as we are human, so thank God for his grace, his understanding and forgiveness. Knowing this keeps us picking ourselves up to try again. Each day is a fresh start with slate wiped clean.

Prayer
We know we have a High Priest who understands our weaknesses, a Saviour who died for us while we were sinners, so help us, Father, not to weary of well-doing (Galatians 3:9) but to press toward our goal (Philippians 3:14) with your Spirit leading and guiding us to eternal life.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox
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*British Airways Business Life, February 2020, page 12 The New New Thing by David Mattin

About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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