“Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.” Psalms 119:40
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it isgood. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but howto perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:” Romans 7:14-22
Old Paul knew the struggle that the psalmist had didn’t he? We have a desire (because of God and the Holy Spirit) to do right and long to keep doing right, but we also fail way too often at it.
Our only hope is to continually ask God to quicken us and spur us on in HIS righteousness.
My daddy is a fisherman. Not by trade, but by pure gift. The man has an innate ability to handle a boat, find where the fish are biting and choose the right bait or lure. Doesn’t matter if it is catching grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, catfish in a pond or fly fishing in a river, my daddy is good at it.
Since my parents only had my sister and me, I took it upon myself at a young age to act like Dad’s little boy. I wanted to be good at what he was good at and nothing made me inwardly happier than when my dad smiled and commented on how good I did something, whether it was helping him vaccinate the hunting dogs or digging a hole for fish heads or casting a line, I wanted Dad’s praise.
So it was always a great moment of defeat when I would cast out my line from our boat and the line would get all tangled. Dad would have to set down his rod and come over and get mine all straightened out. Or, I would make a nice cast, but my line would get hung on some tree or branch under the water. I can’t tell you how many sinkers, hooks and lures I have cost my dad over the years. For that matter, I have dropped whole rods in and lost everything. But, boy was it awful to watch dad look at me like I was a dummy. I hated those moments – I even hate thinking on them right now. Makes me feel ashamed.
I always had good intentions of doing right and pleasing my dad. Just like I try to have good intentions and please my God in my spiritual life. And it is just plain terrible when I fail. Knowing the possibility of failure is a strong motivator for me to plan on ways of how to succeed.
In my spiritual life, I know that success is achieved by following God’s Word.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
That verse alone is a motivating passage that spurs me towards doing right and following after that which I KNOW will help me and not tear me down.
As you battle your flesh don’t wear yourself out trying to do it alone! Just obey God’s Word and in doing so, you will please Him!
Let’s be prepared for the battle by dwelling in Him and in His Word today.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,