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For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:15-20, 24-5


Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was not like I intended to do it, it’s just that I needed to do it, and so I “doo’d” it. Yup, I did the BIG no-no, the cardinal sin, the breaking of the breakenest of rules. I am doomed and loved no more! I pooped on the floor 🙁 I had pee’d (again not intentional and I am still a puppy needing training) on the floor a couple of times, but will eventually learn with training in love, you know, like God does with you 🙂

In some ways we are a lot alike with the exception I do not have the freedom to really think and act for myself in a sense of full capacity like you humans do, but both of us need help and guidance in this crazy world if we are going to make it.

Yesterday I wrote on obedience, which ties into today’s thought, that true obedience leads to true holiness and being content in the Godhead (again, we need to always keep in the forefront of our worship we worship a triune God; God the Father, Christ the Son, God the Holy Spirit, all of whom are worthy of praise and worship!) We would do well to learn in humility that apart from God, in any way, we are like the world, and that is NOT a good thing!

Although the 10 Commandments were giving to Moses for ruling the people of Israel, they are still very relevant and applicable to us Christians today. We would do well to heed God’s Word in the greatest fear as the Apostle Paul did in Romans 7:7-10 – What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

Here was the most zealous of all for obedience to the law (the ceremonial laws), yet it was the Holy law of God that showed Paul (and should us as well!) what God says sin is and what not to do. Which drives us to the cross, seeking forgiveness of our sins, teaches us humility, grace, mercy, true Christian Godly love, how to love ourselves in spite of (not leaving us in) our sins, and how to love others. This is in the basic sense of what it means to be Holy and God is Holy. However, if we are not daily in the Word of God, not in fervent prayer, ceaseless praying, not only seeking, but submitting in complete dependency of the Holy Spirit, we are nothing but working in our own flesh, thinking we are doing it all and greatly sinning by robbing God of His glory.

God does not say “Be perfect as I am perfect”, even though true Godly Holiness is perfect, lacking in nothing, God is telling us what to always be striving for, how high the standard is that He expects of His children, the elect of God. You see, the “Be Holy as He is Holy” is saying that we must be set apart, we are set apart, by what Christ did on the cross by redeeming us from our sinful selves. However, that Salvation although is a one time act (if you are truly saved, you do NOT lose your salvation, nor can you lose your Salvation), but this great gift of Salvation is being worked out in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and grows towards His holiness as the Holy Spirit grows us spiritual and progressively in sanctification, something which is impossible for us to do in and for ourselves or others. This is why knowing what the doctrines of the Bible teach are important, and anything less that God doing, in one, or any combination thereof His triune Deity, it is sinful self-righteousness, and needs to be repented of.

Well, I better get off the computer again as the Mrs. of the house is probably about to wake up and take me outside. Thankfully they love me unconditionally just as God does them. Just remember, there is a vast difference between an mistake, and accident, and willfully sinning, and when any of them happen, it is best that we own up to it immediately and act in the holiness we are called to be in Christ. If you mess up, apologize, if you cause an accident, clean it up, if you sin, go to God in prayer seeking forgiveness, and then your neighbor whom you offended if that is the case. When they see the salt and light you are and you demeanor it opens the door for…

1 Peter 3:15-17 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.