I’m desiring some changes. I can see that it’s gonna require some diligence on my part. I know what to do, but what I want to do, I’m not doing … sounds familiar. Oh, yes. That was Paul who said it …
“But I need something more! … and if the power of sin within me (in my flesh) keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? THE ANSWER, THANK GOD, IS THAT JESUS CHRIST CAN AND DOES. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” ROMANS 7:17-25 MSG
It’s not that I’m doing something which I would call “bad” or even sin. But then, sin basically means missing the mark … not hitting something right-on, dead center. With that, I can say, yes, I’m missing the mark; not accomplishing the thing I really desire to do. I’m so thankful for the most amazing, all-powerful, and overcoming fact – CHRIST IN ME – “He can and He does!” He can enable, empower me so that I can succeed! Glory!
I’m saying, “I KNOW that every time I yield to that quiet quiet instruction in me to do, or not do something, that I’m giving You place to go deep in me to strengthen my will, my desire to change; to empower me to press beyond what I’ve been able to do. I know I need to exercise diligence so this thing I want to do becomes habitual. I’m asking You for mercy for my failures and a whole lot of Grace to get beyond this resistance in me. I’m so thankful that there is no end to Grace; that whatever amount of Grace I need to do this, it’s available for the taking. Thank You that You are Christ in me … my hope of experiencing the Super-Supernatural Life of God in me. I take this. I have it. I thank You, and I forgive even as You’ve forgiven me … so Mercifully. Thank You. All in Jesus name.”
COLOSSIANS 1:27 The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory (The supernatural life and essence of God hitting the earth’s realm). MSG