Sunday Morning Podcast August 2, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ROMANS 7:21-25
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
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.
Do you ever stop and think, (when you are alone and quiet), “Lord, what do You think of me?” What is the Lord’s personal point of view about us? What is our own personal point of view of how we live? Does our comprehension, choose what we want to think, as opposed to what God thinks? While thinking about choices, do you ever wonder, “Why is there both good and evil?” Is it a good thing to think about this, and challenge these assumptions about God? Yes! Because God does want us to inquire of Him, so we can better understand His points of views (or Truths)! God will talk to our hearts, if we inquire of Him, about what He thinks of us and our daily life. For God has a point of view (defined as Truth) about everything! We as mere mortals, cannot make that claim, that our opinion is the ultimate Truth. Because we are limited, and sometimes, (or often), we fail in our personal understanding.
We either obey all that we know of God’s truths, or we choose our own thoughts, which essentially is evil, (or that which is not of God’s thoughts and ways). God’s word tells us He created evil, as well as His peace, (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). Why would God create evil? Because we were created to have the choice between good or evil. Choosing God’s way, proves our love for Him, if we are consecrated to Him. If we are not fully consecrated to God, there will always be an overcoming pull towards self and sin. The above text (Romans 7:21-25), describes a person who desires to serve God, but is not fully consecrated to God’s Holy viewpoint and example. There will always be a choice to choose a lesser way of living, than God’s ideal plan for us. To choose the lesser way, (walking after the law of the flesh), …is ultimately sin, ( James 4:17 tells us that sin is a choice, because “he that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.“) Walking after the law of the flesh, equals serving the law of sin. The Lord’s viewpoint in life will always be opposite of the law of the flesh. We need to always seek God’s opinions, with a full consecration to it. Romans 8:1 tells us, There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. After the Spirit is victory over sin! After the Spirit, is the Lord’s point of view!
Are you consecrated to always seek after God’s thoughts? Or do you instead choose your own views and opinions? We need to always covet “The Lord’s point of view.”