The old self is my enemy. It seeks its own way and bathes in its own pleasure. It is against the new nature and constantly tries to shut it down. The old nature is subtle and works in a silent and deceptive way…each weakness, each fear. The new nature is a hard road to walk. It is opposite of everything the old self wants to say and do. It is the greater challenge. It is the greater way. Somehow, I must find a way to live in this new nature and let go of the old one.
18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God’s commands, 23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
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Waking up to another day. For each of us, a blessing…an opportunity…a gift. For some, this will be the last day they see; for others, there will be more days to come. For all of us, life is one day at a time. Let us appreciate our “today” and all of our “tomorrows” for one day they will be no more. Make good use of your time.
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In a dense fog, if you listen, you can hear, but seeing is beyond possible. In the muffled quiet, sound can lead, but without sight, it is only by faith that you follow.
So it is with this Christian life. We cannot see God as we want, but we can listen for His still small voice while the fog blocks our vision. We can move forward by faith, for without it, we cannot please God.
2 Corinthians 5:7
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