For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. – Romans 7:18
Christians are not robots. We are not “programmed” to be perfect (um… no!) God made each of us with a free will. When we choose to accept God’s Holy Word, it will help us live a good life, and hopefully we will use the gifts from God’s Holy Spirit, such as discernment and wisdom to make good choices.
We know that we can’t do right without help from our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s only in His power and strength that any good comes forth in our lives. If we really have a desire to please the Lord, we need to pray without ceasing for His guidance. It really is all about Him and has nothing to do with us in our own power.
Will sin continue to be our master as we walk through life? Why would we want it to be? There’s a better way to live – with the best Master. Once we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, His grace covers our lives and we have a true desire His will and way of holiness as we walk with Him through life. We have a sincere delight for God’s law and the holiness which it demands. Once we are cleansed within and made new, we want to live our lives His way – the best way and in our minds – the only way.
Even though every human being is born with a carnal nature that is sinful, the blood of Christ covers that sin, God forgives our sins and the Holy Spirit performs supernatural surgery to pluck out that sin nature that we’re born with, leaving us with a brand new attitude and way of living that is full of joy as we walk a path filled with peace because we live under His law and we place our heavy burdens at His feet. Once those burdens are lifted, it’s like a spiritual spa day – every day! 🙂