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Romans 7:14-25 Shows Clearly Why It’s So Hard to Change

 

 Ever Asked God For Help – And STILL Kept Falling?

 

The introduction below will help you understand the problem when you keep asking God for help – but still aren’t able to change!

 

Intro:

 

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Rom 7:14 – “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold as a slave to sin.”

With these words Paul introduces his thoughts about a portion of scripture which has created a stimulating, ongoing debate, namely …

What is “the law of sin” Paul says is “in our members”?

Is the man described as struggling with a “law of sin” a Christian?

If so, does it describe someone who is converted or unconverted ?

What’s he talking about?

These questions and more are answered in my book, The Battlefield of the Will – Why We Keep Doing What We Don’t Want To Do .

It’s a verse by verse breakdown of this intriguing passage of scripture which, correctly understood, offers tremendous hope to the Christian who feels the weight of their never-ending battle with sin. It also helps them to understand why they keep doing things they don’t want to do!

See why Christians aren’t a whole lot different than non-believers, and, why they’re destined to react with the same passions (as non-believers) when they’re not being spirit led.

Jesus said, “… the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Start your journey now.

 

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The following post is a brief preview of the book, beginning with the Table of Contents:

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction: Christians, Ping Pong Balls, Character, and the Will ………

Prelude to Chapter 1: Who Was Paul? …………………………………….

Chapter 1: The Law of Sin and Death ………………………………………

Chapter 2: In Adam or in Christ? …………………………………………..

Chapter 3: Was Paul Making Excuses? ……………………………………

Chapter 4: Leopard Spots and Ethiopian Skin ………………………….

Chapter 5: The Flesh and Indwelling Sin …………………………………

Chapter 6: Carnal Christians? ……………………………………………….

Chapter 7: The Science of Salvation ………………………………………..

Chapter 8: Spiritual Laws and What They Do …………………………..

Chapter 9: The Battle of a Lifetime …………………………………………

Chapter 10: Christianity 101 ………………………………………………….

Chapter 11: How God Treats Sinners ………………………………………

Additional Resources …………………………………………………………..

 

The following excerpt is from the introduction

 

Christians, Ping Pong Balls, Character & The Will

Battlefield of the WillTo introduce our topic I’d like for you to imagine you’re out in your back yard on a warm summer day, relaxing in your swimming pool … just floating along daydreaming … when all of a sudden you notice that all around you are these little white things, bobbing up and down in the water.

Hmmm …

Not sure what to think you take a closer look to see what they are … and that’s when you make an unexpected discovery – the little white things bobbing up and down in the water are PING PONG BALLS!

Taking a closer look you notice that one of them has a big, black label on it. Curious, you reach over to pick it up, so you can read the label and see what it says. There in large print, in big black letters, you see the word “ENVY”.

Startled, you quickly put it back in the water and reach over to pick up another one. This one has a label too – it reads “SELFISHNESS”.

What could this mean?  You look left, then right, and begin to feel a little uneasy.  Although you can’t quite put your finger on it, you instinctively feel this has something to do with you. You quietly put the ball labeled “selfishness” back into the water,  hoping no one is around to see what you’re doing.

You’ve had enough drama, so you decide to gather up all the ping pong balls so you can get rid of them – and that’s when you notice – every single ping pong ball has a label on it.

Here’s one that says “JEALOUSY”, here’s another one which reads “ANGER”.   This one says “APPETITE”, the one over here “LUSTFUL THOUGHTS”, then “LAZINESS”, “PRESUMPTION”, “PRIDE” …. and on it goes, until -

 

Character Defects

That’s when you suddenly realize – the label on each ping pong ball represents one of your character defects! Anger, envy, appetite, selfishness and pride are just a few of the areas the Holy Spirit has recently been showing you are still in your life.

But … you’re a Christian … and you want to live for the LORD … so you don’t want all of these character defects. You don’t want a life of envy, or pride, or selfishness, or being controlled by appetite … so you decide you’re going to work on your character defects one at a time until you can get rid of them.

You start with the ping pong ball labeled ENVY and you push it under the water so no one can see it. Next, you decide to work on SELFISHNESS and you hold it under water. Next it’s APPETITE, then JEALOUSY, then LUST, until, just when it’s starting to look as though you’re getting everything under controlone pops up over here, and another one pops up over there.

And every time you reach over to get a hold of one so you can hold it under water – ANOTHER one pops up. Before long you discover that no matter how hard you try, and no matter how sincere you are … NOTHING YOU CAN DO … is going to keep all those ping pong balls under water. No matter what you try it’s an IMPOSSIBILITY.

Because they’re too quick, they’re too slippery … and they’re RELENTLESS.

They NEVER STOP trying to rise up out of the water. You may hold them under the surface for a little while, but sooner or later, as soon as you quit paying attention, or as soon as you get tired, or relax your grip … there they are again, bobbing up and down  in plain sight, where they can be seen again by one and all.   Order Here

 

Can you relate?

 

Girl Thinking “For the good that I will to do – I do not do. But the evil, I will NOT to do, that I practice.”  Rom 7:19 Have you ever felt that way?

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you tried, no matter how hard you worked, and no matter how sincere you were, that,  just like those ping pong balls – your character defects keep popping back up all over again?

As soon as you grew tired, quit paying attention, or ‘relaxed your grip’?

Have you ever felt your character defects were RELENTLESS?

Have you ever made a promise to God, only to find you were too weak to carry it out?

And that your promises to God were no stronger than “ropes of sand”?

What is it that keeps you, and keeps me, from getting rid of our character defects – once and for all? What prevents us from becoming “super Christians”?

[NOTE: The term “super Christian” is one I got from a friend at church who was dying of cancer.  He’d been fighting his cancer for about a year and a half and he knew he was losing the battle and only had a short time to live.

One day he was reflecting on his failed attempts to conquer specific areas in his life which he felt were his character defects, and he was very discouraged. He said to me, “Virgil with what I’m facing (he knew his death was near) I don’t understand why I still have the problems I’ve got. It seems like I’d be a “super Christian” by now – but I’m not. I’m still the same person, with the same problems I’ve always had. I don’t get it”.

If only my friend  had understood what you’re about to discover in this book!]

 

The Bible has answers!

We’re going to answer that question – ‘what prevents us from being “super Christians” – by looking at a law which Paul talks about in Romans, the 7th chapter.

It’s what he refers to as “the law of sin”, which he says is “in our members”.  He also refers to it in chapter 8:2 as the “law of sin and death”.  (By the way, he also talks about the remedy, the “law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus”.  But that’s the topic of my next book , part 2 in the series).

But back to the subject at hand – do you ever get discouraged and feel like giving up? Do you ever wonder why it’s so difficult to be true to your beliefs? The Bible has answers! Are you ready to hear a Biblical explanation of why it’s such a struggle to live the Christian life?

Do you need relief from guilt?

Are you ready for some good news?

I believe you are! And if you’ve read this far I don’t think you’re here by accident. I believe you’re here by divine appointment.

So let’s get started, shall we?

We’ll begin in chapter 1 by looking at “the Law of Sin and Death” Paul identifies in Romans 7  … but first I’d like to begin with a discussion about Paul himself.

 

Prelude to Chapter 1: Who Was Paul?

 

I decided before getting into Paul’s excellent portrayal of the battle the Christian faces each day, that it would be a good idea to start with a discussion about Paul himself.

Why?

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Because invariably when the subject of the man in Romans 7:14-24 comes up (which Paul writes in the first person) someone will always say,

“Yes, but that was Paul before he was converted”.

Why?

Because it’s hard for them to imagine a giant of the faith like Paul experiencing the same battle(s) mere mortals such as you and I face every day.

And while I can certainly understand the sentiment – because Paul was a giant – I contend that he was …

 

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