17” But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know
that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with
me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will
to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do
what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
This scripture speaks of what is a daily struggle for each of us. Sin. At first
glance one would immediately see that the word sin itself begins with the letter
S. By virtue of our natural eye our recognition and intake of the word sin begins with the letter S. But if we were to look not with our natural eye but instead were to look with our spiritual eye we will I pray notice immediately the letter I. At the very center of the word sin is that letter I. For it is not by coincidence but by spiritual design that the letter I stands at the core of this word sin. As Christians, we know and recognize that the sin that dwells within us is by definition, the enemy within us.
The enemy within us. An enemy whom we come face to face with daily, that enemy being that person that we see in the mirror. We are if the truth be known in a battle each minute of every day. At times it would surely seem that if it’s not one thing, then it’s another. Sin in and of itself can challenge us at times to the point where we find ourselves pressed to the very limits of our endurance.
These days and times that we as Christians are living in are fraught with conflict, misconceptions and endless falsehoods. Falsehoods whose seduction has entangled many an individual in a web of deceit. Perhaps the greatest falsehood that has gained ground is that sin is not sin, and that on many if not all occasions, sin is not our fault. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But we are called to remember the words of Matthew 15:19 that declare that for out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and slanders.
How they do we press on daily, knowing that we are in constant battle with this enemy within us? Knowing that “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair?” Each morning as we arise let us ask God to as Psalms 119:133 declares, “to direct our footsteps according to his word, to let no sin rule over us.” And each day as we prepare to go out into the world let us remember to put on the full armor of God, so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
The enemy within us, is a part of each of us. A part that daily we are called to confront. But we rejoice in knowing that where we are weak, God is strong. For we know that God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in our time of need; and as our hope is in him, will are renewed daily and we will be victorious.
To God Be The Glory
Alan T. Black