From Positional To Practical

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I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:22-25

Do you find yourself doing things that are embarrassing, shameful, and that you would never condone in others? I do! Not every day, but regularly enough to know what Paul is writing about. Uggh! Then comes that feeling “Oh wretched man that I am”. I think thoughts, I say things, I do things I regret. While this is true of us all, it isn’t how I have to remain. Because Jesus Christ is at work within me by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit of God, who is not content until I am perfected. Ironically, He (God) treats me as if I am perfected (that’s the positional righteousness I enjoy because of the imputed righteousness of Christ). One day, I will be more than positionally righteous, I will be practically righteous as well! Oh, I long for that day!

With whom am I transparent and accountable? What transforming work is God doing in my character today?

God, thank you for my lovely wife and wonderful friends who show grace and offer correction when needed. I am looking forward to what is ahead today and tomorrow, especially with the big test. Please help me read and study what is most important and recall all that I have learned.

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