Romans 7:18-20 The Message Bible  ... If I know the law, but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help!  I realize that I don't have what it takes.  I can will it, but I can't do it.   I decide to do good, but I don't really do it;  I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.   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.   The Apostle Paul is saying here: "I know that is in me... that is, in my flesh... no good thing dwells.   Here are the choices:  For the good that I want to do, I do not...but the bad that I don't want to do, I do."     

The sin that was in our flesh before we were born again didn't leave...that sin is still there.  But the DIFFERENCE  is that it no longer has the power to force us to do it.   

We can say:  NO ... that was my old life...I'm not doing that anymore!

 Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler  



John 3:16

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