“So I find this law at work. When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.”

– Romans 8:21-23 NIV

In Psalm 1 we read that the blessed man delights in God’s law and meditates on it day and night (Psalm 1:3). The Apostle Paul noted that the mind of sinful man is death (Romans 8:6) and the sinful mind is hostile towards God’s law (His word), does not submit to it, and it cannot submit. So the sinful man has no ability within him to meditate, delight, or adhere to the word of God in sincere submission and obedience, because he is unable to. Not so for the Christian. For the person who has been transformed by God’s amazing grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, there is now the ability to submit to God’s word.

What we see illustrated in Romans 8:21-23 is the real oppositional challenge every sincere believer faces in their faith walk with God that the life of Jesus Christ illustrated for us when He was in the garden of Gethsemane pleading with the Father about an alternative plan to His role in the fulfillment of salvation for all mankind. Though He wrestled momentarily (as the Apostle Paul illustrates in Romans 8:21-23), Jesus prevailed through persistent prayer, remaining focused, deliberate and intentional about doing the will of His Father even it cost Him his life.

Choosing to walk by faith and emulate the posture of a sincere believer (humility) will result in a cost associated with the principle of sacrifice. As we seek sincerely to adhere to God’s word and apply His wisdom in being a living sacrifice for Jesus, we begin to encounter the opposition within us due to the ongoing conflict with the sinful mind of our flesh (sinful nature) and the mind of Christ (Holy Spirit). In order to transition from hostility to peace consistently, being a willful participant in the life God has called me to in Christ, I must emulate the actions Jesus displayed in the garden of Gethsemane:

  • Persistent prayer
  • Accepting the will of God
  • Being willing to do what God desires over what I desire
  • Demonstrating a resolute determination despite external/internal opposition
  • Focus (like the blessed man who delights in God’s law and mediates on it)

May God bless you and help you to demonstrate the necessary focus in your faith walk that will enable and empower you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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