July 14

Abba Father…I know that nothing good lives in me…that is, in my sin enslaved human nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I end up doing is not the good deeds I want to do; no, the evil deeds I do not want to do…this I keep on doing. Now if I so often end up doing what I do not want to do, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is the enslaving power of sin living in my human nature that asserts itself and does it. So I find this law at work in me: when I want to do what is right and good, evil is right there with me subjecting me to its insistent demands. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law embraced by my regenerated mind and making me a prisoner of the indwelling principle of sin at work within the members of my body. Oh, Father…what a wretched man I am!…whoever will free me from this body of death? Who, then, shall deliver me out of bondage to this indwelling law of sin and into moral freedom, where my body shall no longer serve as the seat of this shameful death? [Rom 7:14-24]

My beloved child…it wasn’t this way in the very beginning, when I first created Mankind in the person of Adam, to be the father of the human race. He had the capability and capacity to bring great glory to My Name…far greater glory than all else in the Created Universe…by using his free will to freely choose to be what I created him to be, rather than to be something other than what I created him to be.  **        **, I created Mankind as a being that would freely choose to do My will rather than its own will…a being that would live in absolute obedience to My will, by choice. And so Adam was given the opportunity to bring great glory to My Name through the exercise of his free will to freely choose to obey My one command…My one and only restriction placed on his life. Unfortunately, he chose to exercise the free will I had given him to do what seemed best to him…to do what he wanted…rather than to obey My will. As a result, the pure and holy human nature he was created with became tainted by sin, and would forevermore be enslaved by sin…human nature now a prisoner held captive by sin. Through Adam, all of Mankind has now inherited a sin-enslaved human nature…and you have no power whatsoever of your own to set yourself free. You are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do so.

Precious child…Why would you ever think that your sin-enslaved human nature…that desires only self-gratification, self-fulfillment, self will…could, or would, be the source of strength to free you from sin? That is absolutely contradictory to your nature. It not only does not have the power to do this…but in no way does it even want to! Your human nature is enslaved by sin…is held captive by sin, imprisoned by sin…and it has no desire whatsoever to be free of sin. It likes sin, wants to continue living in sin, and refuses to give it up for Me! Your heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked…for your sin-enslaved human nature has a strong desire for its own will to be done and so to suppress My Holy Spirit, and My Spirit constantly has a strong desire for God’s will to be done and so to suppress your sin-enslaved human nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are hindered by your sin-enslaved human nature from freely doing what you desire to do in obedience to God. My indwelling Holy Spirit alone is the One Who is able to work in you both to want My will to be done, and to be able to do My will…thereby overriding the desires of your sin-enslaved human nature. My indwelling Holy Spirit alone can work in you a pure heart.

Abba Father, I understand.  What is not humanly possible for me is possible through Christ Jesus You Son, and through the Divine Power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God…You have delivered me and set me free through my living union of oneness with Your Divine Son Jesus!  So then, to sum up this whole matter, such is the unchanging conflict of these two principles within me as a child of the Most High God: I myself in my regenerated mind am a willing bondslave to God’s Law, but, in the sin enslaved human nature that still remains a part of me, a wretched slave to the rule and reign of the indwelling principle of sin. [Rom 7:25]

The cry of a child of God’s heart:

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