The Hope for a Wrecked Man!


Paul, the man who wrote more than half of the New Testament; the man who was used mightily to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles; who experienced the mysteries of the third heaven; the man with a profound knowledge and deep revelation of the Scripture and who even raised the dead back to life, found himself experiencing the brutality of coming face-to-face with the inner look at his self. The Apostle Paul stood in front of the radiant mirror before him; wherever he moved, the mirror stood in front of him like a skillful martial artist. With nowhere to go; head bowed, trying to avoid viewing such evil; Paul, like many of us, turned his head. Who wants to see the evil side of us? But the mirrors offer us no escape; they were everywhere, surrounding him until he had no choice but to take a closer look, Paul declared in Romans 7:19-24

“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:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

 

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of

God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

We have a sinful nature that carries detestable habits that stand completely against the righteousness of our God. Even the best out of us is nothing but “filthy rags” before the Lord! There is a fight between two completely different worlds in the inside of us. That fight loudly declares the need that we all have for someone to rescue us, for someone to save us and for someone to bring us out of our sinful intoxication.  Paul surely asked the right question: “Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Who will bring me out of this mess? Where can I find hope for the things that I do but I don’t want to do? Where can I go for help?

 

              Do not be discouraged when the mirror that Satan uses to attack us finally crosses our path. Jesus is the answer. It is like taking a quiet walk down the beach. As we continue to walk everything looks the same, until we stop and look back; then we realize that we have come a long way.

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son…” (Romans 8:3)

 

3 responses to “The Hope for a Wrecked Man!”

  1. Keep walking my dear brother. Jesus said the way through all difficulties was walking the path of mercy, justice, and humble cooperation with the Source of this world’s life. … If we walk that way, Jesus promises, even now the kingdom can be “at hand,” so close we can taste “the powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:5), the time of full and complete triumph.

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