Romans Lesson 12 Day 5
My answers to BSF study questions
11. Paul says the struggle is real.
- Even when I desire to do the right thing, evil is ready to sabotage me.
- Deep down I’m in happy agreement with God’s law. . .but the rest of me is at war with my mind.
- I’m in captivity as a prisoner of the “law” of sin.
What an agonizing situation I am in! So who has the power to rescue this miserable man from the unwelcome intruder of sin and death? (Romans 7:24 TPT)
12. a. Paul gives all thanks to God.
I give all my thanks to God, for his mighty power has finally provided a way out through our Lord jesus, the Anointed One! So if left to myself, the flesh is aligned with the law of sin, but now my renewed mind is fixed on and submitted to God’s righteous principles. (Romans 7:25 TPT emphasis added)
b. We need a savior.
I thought of this song:
In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! (by Ruth Caye Jones)
“We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” (Hebrews 6:19 HCSB)
13. I hate when I get offended.
But I often do it anyway. Following many real or perceived injustices, I’ve sinfully judged someone’s motives. I haven’t stopped to judge myself or chosen to love and forgive the other person.
I also fail to obey Matthew 18:15 because confrontations make me feel uncomfortable. Oh, the irony.
“This is what you do if one of your brothers or sisters sins against you: go to him, in private, and tell him just what you perceive the wrong to be. If he listens to you, you’ve won a brother.” (Voice)
By believing I can get over it on my own (pride), I prolong my misery.
“We should forfeit our right to be offended. That means forfeiting our right to hold on to anger. When we do this, we’ll be making a sacrifice that’s very pleasing to God. It strikes at our very pride. It forces us not only to think about humility, but to actually be humble.”
When a man gives his life to Christ, he does not then become a perfect man; the struggle is by no means over. But Christianity has always regarded the direction in which a man is facing as more important than the particular stage he has reached. Once he is Christ’s he has started on the process of sanctification, the road to holiness. (William Barclay, Public domain)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 12 Day 5 ~ Romans 7:21-25