1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
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Focus Verses: Romans 7:21-24a
21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23 but
I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against
the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work
within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Law of Moses was very good at articulating what was right and wrong,
but it was powerless to change people. It defined sin and served as an
external restraint, but it could not transform sinners into saints. The
Law even inspired people to acknowledge and desire what was right, but
it could not renovate their hearts and minds, enabling them to do it.
Christ we now have access to the transforming grace of God. Instead of
the weak and unredemptive Law, we now have the saving and renewing power
of the Holy Spirit who indwells the mortal bodies of those who have
placed their faith in Christ (Romans 8).
Response and Action:
recognize that I need more than rules and more than an understanding of
right and wrong. I need transformation. I need to be saved and renewed
by Christ. I need the saving grace of God and the resurrection power of
the Holy Spirit. Whenever I see a contradiction between the things I
want to do and things I find myself doing, I will look to God, take hold
of the gracious strength he offers through Christ, and seek to do what
is right by the power of his Spirit.
God, thank you for the freedom from sin you make available to me
through your grace in Christ. Thank you for the saving and transforming
power of your Holy Spirit. Renovate my heart and mind. Help me to want
what you want. Make me a person who delights in your will, and walks in
your ways, to the glory of your name. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Ezekiel 36:26-27
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove
from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ
by Dallas Willard