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Flipside Day 15

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Scripture: Romans 7:18-25 I want to do what is right, but I can’t.  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.  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 powerwithin me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Devotional: If you’ve ever struggled with a lack of self-discipline, be encouraged!  These words were written by the apostle Paul, one of the most influential human beings responsible for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Somehow knowing that this superhero of the faith struggled with doing what he didn’t want to do, and not doing what he wanted to do, is a bit comforting isn’t it?  You’re not alone in your struggles. 

Paul speaks candidly about the spiritual battle we each face within ourselves. God’s Spirit and your flesh are at war.  Can you relate to Paul when he says, “what a miserable person I am!”?  The good news is, despite this great struggle, there is a hopeful remedy: “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”   1 John 4:4 also reminds: “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

So be encouraged.  And draw on the strength of Jesus Christ to choose discipline over regret.

Reflect:

  • As you read Paul’s words, what comes to mind that you do or don’t do regarding your own self discipline?
  • Submit those areas to God in prayer, asking for God to strengthen your resolve.