The scripture in Romans 7 verse 13 to 25 emphasizes Paul’s turmoil with sin and his flesh. The scripture reads as follows:
“Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but
I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 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. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
To summarise these verses it means that you hate sin, but is still doing it, you love the commandments of the Lord, but you do not want to do them. That is one of the reasons why we don’t want to commit ourselves to read the Bible, because you may feel:
- I’m not in the mood to read the Bible,
- I do not understand the Bible,
- Why must I read the Word,
- It is boring, or
- I fall asleep when reading.
There are abundant promises in this extraordinary Word that nobody but God can give to you. In the second letter from Paul to Timothy (2Tim 3:16-17), he urges Timothy to guard the truth. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.
This is only one of the many commandments received from God to do His will and to receive His promises.
The following links can also assist you of why it is important to read the word of God:
From my personal encounter with the Lord I found the following:
- The Lord answers prayers through His Word.
- When praying and/or fasting the Lord confirms/answers my prayer with a Scripture.
- When ministering to people, the Lord will confirm the message with a scripture.
On a certain occasion, I also had the following experience:
I was attending a computer course years ago and while sitting in the room, I heard a loud and clear voice saying: “I’ve created all of this and I am Elohim!”
I thought to myself, what and who is this Elohim? I only knew that my God created everything. That night I shared my experience with my husband and he was laughing and then explained the word “Elohim”. I’ve never heard the name ‘Elohim’ before
Strongs H430: specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God
To help me in remembering the special things God does in my life, I do the following:
- I keep a diary of all the special moments experienced with God just to remind myself of what the Lord can do when you put your trust in Him.
- I memorize passages of the Word of God to keep my thoughts away from the fleshly desires and rather to bear the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5).
Hints to help you:
Put your trust in the Lord and not in people. Make time to read your Bible so that you can be guided by the Word, then the promises of the Lord will be fulfilled in your life.
Challenge yourself for a week, by spending time with God and reading His word.
Listen to spiritual music, sermons, testimonies to encourage you. http://vps1.wordio.co.za:2199/start/galmin/
Desire to dwell in the presence of God, read His Word and to be equipped, to be “thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.
Lord, I pray that if any of us lack wisdom, “let us ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to us” according to James, my prayer Lord, is that we delight ourselves in You; and You shall give us the desires of our hearts as mentioned in Psalm 37:4. These are only some of the many promises in Your Word, Lord.
Open the eyes of our hearts and that we will seek to find, because it is written: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. “
We desire to be fed by Your Word and may the Living Water quench our thirst!
Lord, let us speak the truth and only the truth which is written in Your Word. Thank you for loving us, thank you for your grace, because it endures forever.
Disciple of Jesus Christ