What's Broken

“I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind…” Romans 7:21-23a (NLT)
          Talking to Christians, one would think that our problem with sin is simply a discipline problem. Maybe we should try harder. Many of us get caught up in a sin cycle: we sin, confess, repent, then we repeat; then we have to ask God to forgive our insincerity. We get frustrated repeating the same cycle over and over, wondering what is wrong with us when other Christians seem to live in lasting victory over sin.
But if we are honest, there are two things we should realize. This first is that not everyone is as good as they seem. There are many in the body of Christ who struggle against secret sin. We should be more authentic and truthful.
Secondly, what’s broken is not our ability, but our want to. We find ourselves agreeing with the Apostle Paul: We love God’s law with all our heart, but we have a battle going on inside. And as long as we are in this body of flesh, we will have this struggle. We are not as good as we’d like to be or as good as we’d like others to think we are.  
In Romans eight Paul says, “Because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” We are free from the power of sin which only means WE DON’T HAVE TO SIN. But on this side of the grave we will struggle. Thank God for grace.
-Pastor Dino Griffin