Romans 7:13

Romans 7:13

Therefore, did what is good become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure. (Romans 7:13)

 

God wants us to understand the true nature of sin so that we can become fully victorious. We tend to think that we can manage our sins on our own. We falsely think we can satisfy God by worshipping him most of the time while secretly dabbling in sin on the side. Sin uses this false notion against us so that a spirit of rebellion becomes deeply rooted in our souls. By the time we realize our true condition, the roots of sin have grown deep. 

 

God wants us to see that sin is not something we can manage externally but is a corrupting power within us. He wants us to see that sin is a power “beyond measure.”  The commandments of God, which are unchanging and uncompromising, shed light on all sin, whether great or small. Once we see the true nature of sin’s corruptive power, we will realize that we are in over our heads and run to God for salvation. And this is exactly what God intends. Only through the deep working of his Holy Spirit can we be brought to wholeness and safety.

 

Prayer:

Father, forgive me for thinking I can manage sin by my own power. Forgive me even more for attempting to live a double life, giving worship to you while entertaining sin on the side. Now I see the true character of sin, that its potential for corrupting me is “beyond measure.” I come to you for deliverance. Send your Holy Spirit to pull out the deep roots of sin within my soul. I promise to be cooperative with you as you work within. Help me to experience your deliverance each day, and step by step, draw me to the place of full victory.