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Wretched Man That I Am!

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. -Romans 7:24-25

In verse 24, Paul aptly describes the human condition-- the condition that applies to both men and women since the fall. In verse 25, he names the answer: Jesus. He redeems us and delivers us from our sinful nature into right fellowship with God our Father.

So how do we stay in a close walk with Him and forsake our evil ways? I have learned that there are two types of Christians: carnally-minded and spiritually-minded. While both are saved, one is happy and growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and the other is simply maintaining an existence, aware of their sinful nature and fighting off sin and its consequence of shame at every turn.

The answer is to yield ourselves fully to the Holy Spirit. The third person of the Trinity is waiting for you to give Him the green light to work His wonders in your life and bring you into close fellowship with our Lord Jesus, thereby bringing glory to all of the Godhead. So the logical question is: how do I get this impartation that I must have? The answer lies in Scripture, plain and simple: This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? -Galatians 3:2-5


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