SEE there’s another way I’,m messed up. How cool is that?

In Romans 7 Paul laments that he keeps doing what he knows he shouldn’t and doesn’t really want to do and doesn’t get around to doing what he knows he should and really wants to but the sin in him keeps bossing him around. Can you relate to this  condition? We have a polite term for this in psychiatry, “Cognitive dissonance”. Sounds almost genteel right? Paul calls it “Oh wretched man that I am, who shall  deliver me from this body of death.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I was all set for the answer, but all I get in the passage is  Romans 7:25 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.

I was raised in a holiness church where people claimed to have had a second work of Grace that rendered them unable to sin or at least capable of never sinning. They didn’t seem all that holy to me. I think they were just tire of pursuing holiness in their own strength and declared themselves perfect.

I think that freedom from “cognitive dissonance” or the struggle with old programming is a state that we will all find ourselves in until we are free from the presence of sin, as my dad is for the last 3 weeks since he went to heaven. I am tempted to say ” lucky him” and when that day comes it will be wonderful. But, right now I say “lucky me” The Lord is teaching me not to resent the struggle with old programming or temptation, it is evidence that I am in the middle of the battle, it teaches me to hate sin and hunger for righteousness, to stay in the word and near to fellow believers, to be constant in prayer etc. The Lord promises power to not give in to temptation not deliverance from the struggle.

John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
If your mind says that it would be healthy to lose weight and right now there is the opportunity to eat something unhealthy—then it is good to have “cognitive dissonance” or we call it our conscience speak up. Your mind reminds you to read the word or pray but your body is tired and weak. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. You see a chance to witness and the flesh says it would make you seem irritating and go nowhere so wait for a better time.
I am suggesting that we should watch for these uncomfortable arguments in our heads and learn to value them and to push us to run to the Lord for power to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.
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One thought on “SEE there’s another way I’,m messed up. How cool is that?

  1. Excellent! Something else that I think about when I read this is this continual struggle is proof of salvation! People who struggle with “am I saved?? What if I’m not?” … look at this flesh vs spirit struggle; do you have this struggle? Does it drive you crazy? That’s evidence of authentic salvation (because it’s evidence of the Spirit living in you). If you did NOT have this struggle (or any desire to persue Christ); then you would have a good reason to question. What are your thoughts on this? 🙂

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