Friends….As I said yesterday….you will need to work a bit harder than usual to grab-hold, take-hold-of, get-a-grip on the ‘gi-normous’ spiritual truth contained in this weeks study. Think how spiritually out-of-shape most of us are. We don’t study the nutrition plan or eat and digest the spiritual/nutritional food (God’s Word)….we don’t exercise our internal spirit mind (prayer and study of God’s Word)…and thus we remain out-of-shape and weak in our spirit walk. And the reason that we are ‘so’…is 100% related to the work of the sin nature in our natural realm mind. The sin nature runs the same old default program ideas and patterns and just keeps us stuck on the hamster wheel of same-o behaviors. To break-out, to transform, to change, we must renew our spiritual mind…and that is next in our study series.
Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me. I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways. Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Continuing with…The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Guilt Versus Conviction – The Legal Trap (con’t)
The definition of the law referred to in Romans 5 and 7 is completed in Galatians 3:13. These verses identify that there is a curse associated with the law. Therefore, if we do not fulfill certain standards, then we are cursed (condemned). The law in Romans 5 and 7 must be understood in theseif…then terms. The law here condemns when failure occurs.
The impact of Romans 8:1 is that the believer is released from the law and its inherent condemnation. This does not mean we are without standards of conduct. Sin is naturally destructive. It does mean that our failing to meet the standards does not bring condemnation or depreciation.
Now that you know how sin and law are used, look at Romans 5:20 and 7:5, 8, 11-12:
And the Law came in that the transgression might increase…the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law…But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead…For sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.
The sin nature obviously has a strong reaction when it’s in the presence of this type of law. God doesn’t indicate why this is so, only that it is. The sin nature will be reactive whether the law comes from God or man. The prerequisite is that a behavior standard be present that carries with it depreciating condemnation.
The first great benefit of our sin nature’s reaction to the law is that it is easier for us to recognize the depraved condition of our person. We are already condemned, “for all have sinned,” but God, knowing man would not realize his desperate need for Jesus without being exposed to his depravity, introduced the law, and then the sin nature excitedly produced all types of sin.
However, the law was not just to bring us to Jesus. Remember, God id determined that you be unsuccessful in gaining self-worth through your performance. Your success at meeting this self-worth would limit your acceptance of His plan. The law ensures you won’t win.
You cannot experience your death to the law as long as you are a part of Adam’s plan. Adam’s plan ensures your openness to condemnation when you fail. Even though you have been set free from the law and its inherent condemnation, you will act, and your sin nature will respond just like you are a lost man. Your sin nature will keep so stirred up by the law that you are assured to fail. Like Pavlov’s dogs, when our sin nature encounters the law, it responds. Failure is in your future. Through the law this is assured. (Con’t tomorrow).
Father..I pray that you will motivate us all and give us strength, steadfastness, and power to ‘grow’ and ‘change’ ‘so that’ we can bear more eternal fruit for Your eternal kingdom. Amen