Thanks be to God!
Scripture reading for June 1st: 1st Kings 2, 1st Chronicles 29, Romans 7
Key Scriptures: Romans 7:21-25 “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
Paul describes his own struggle as a Jew under the law. He learned to know God’s law and love it and wanted to obey it. He purposed to do that in his inner man, but he often found himself doing the opposite. There was a war between his desire in the inner man and what actually happened in real life as his members failed to obey. Paul was in a state of wretchedness and despair until he was found by Jesus Christ and by faith received God’s righteousness as a gift! Thanks be to God!
1st Kings 2:2-3 “”I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in His ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, . . “
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for keeping God’s laws perfectly and purchasing my salvation from the wretchedness of sin. Strengthen me today with grace and the Holy Spirit to declare this “Good News!”