“The Christian’s Own Worst Enemy” (Romans 7:14-25a)

Pastor Dale Jaech, July 23, 2017
Part of the Funeral/Memorial Service series, preached at a Sunday Divine service

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have given us poor sinners the way to Salvation in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that Your Holy Spirit would strengthen us along the way to our eternal rest, that we may not be persuaded to turn aside to the left or to the right in answer to the enticements of this world and of our own sinful flesh, but keep us steadfast in true faith that we may safely reach our heavenly destination. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Romans 7:14-25

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 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.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 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. (ESV)

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