I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 7:15-25 (NLT)
Have you recently experienced a negative consequence for your actions? Perhaps you are still flirting with a behavior that’s not exactly beneficial for you or those around you. It may be something that seems as insignificant as not giving your body the proper care it needs or engaging in a careless act that could prove to be harmful to you or others. Perhaps you’ve ignored the little convicting voice so much so that you no longer view it as being wrong.
Unfortunately, many of us require a negative consequence to get our attention. At which point, the way we respond to the consequence is extremely important. It is imperative that we take ownership of our actions, repent and course correct immediately. We want to refrain from blaming God for allowing the consequence to befall us or ignore the sewing and reaping principle by responding as a mere victim of circumstance.
Fortunately, God loves us enough to periodically administer and or allow consequences to barge into our lives and stop us in our tracks. It may seem painful at the time but even still, He gives His stamp of approval because He knows it is essential for our growth. Otherwise, the sin nature that battles against our spirit would lead us down a self-destructive path or a path that destroys our connection with people and the things around us.
Lord, thank You for dying on the cross so that the sin nature of my flesh could be crucified. Thank You for allowing me to experience consequences along my journey in this life so that my flesh will align with the Holy Spirit that you left as a deposit to dwell and guide within me.