June 12, 2020 – Turn From Wickedness

Read Romans 7: 14 – 8:4

“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:4 

 

The biggest problem in turning from sin is knowing that we are in sin. Proverbs 21:2 says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
 
Human nature tells us that we are always right. We can justify any action. We have seen this often in recent days with the riots. Many have said that the burning of buildings and the looting is justified because of the death of George Floyd.  Some have said that it is the only way that the black community can have a voice and be heard. On the other side, police officers who have been guilty of racism or of abuse justify their actions based on the criminal record. 
 
The second problem is having the power to change. Change does not come from self-will. We don’t know the problem,  and therefore, we don’t know the solution. Our heart lies to us. We read in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
 
According to Jeremiah, the most deceitful person in the world is me. My heart lies to me more than anything or anybody. Since it lies about my sin, it also lies to me about the solution. The only power in the world that is able to overcome sin is the Holy Spirit. In fact the Holy Spirit is given to me for the purpose of power. I am not able to become holy without the Holy Spirit. 
 
Since God requires us to turn from sin, that also means that God requires us to turn to the Holy Spirit for the strength.  Romans 7:18 says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
 

If there is “no good thing” in my flesh, then it is also true that I can’t trust my flesh to help me do good. My only hope is in God. He has given us the formula: humility, prayer, seek His face, and turn from our wicked way. Before we can turn,  we must in humility seek His face.

 

An Exercise to Increase my Faith: Faith comes by hearing, hearing requires us to be in God’s Word. As we hear, we understand, we know, and we trust. Turning from sin requires seeking God to reveal our sin by His Holy Commands and to realize that the commands are broken in our heart and in our deeds. When we realize our sin, then we need to ask for His strength through His Spirit for the power to obey.  

 


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