I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15 NIV
Whoo-hoo! Day 75, but it never would have happened without Jesus.
For a long time, I used what Paul said in the verse above as my excuse for why I wasn’t accomplishing much.
I wanted to eat vegetables, but I ate cake instead.
I wanted to walk, but I napped.
I wanted to write, but I scrolled Facebook.
My purpose eluded me. Instead, I did things on purpose that I promised myself I wouldn’t do.
To compound the problem, I acted like letting myself down wasn’t my fault, but some biblical principle. If Paul couldn’t help himself, how was I supposed to overcome wrong impulses and do what was right?
I kept right on thinking that way until a friend told a story about her nephew who often quoted Paul too. He used that verse to justify his addiction. His grandmother finally said, “You’re claiming the wrong verse.”
When I committed to writing blog posts for 100 days, I had no idea if I’d follow through even the first week. I claimed the wrong verse for so long, I nearly buried myself under it.
Here’s the right verse …
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 NIV
Because of Jesus, we’re no longer weighed down by our failures, but set free to do what He’s called us to do. He’s the reason I’ve been writing for 75 days. If we believe in Him and His help, then we can believe in ourselves too.
What do you need to believe Him for? I promise you, we can’t do it without Him. I tried.
In This Together,