Thursday, March 22, 2007

Psalm 51:Romans 7

I am a mass of contradictions, I don’t want to be but I am.
I preach a Gospel of peace, but my life isn’t always driven by peace.
I talk about a Jesus who alone can fully satisfy the soul, but I am often not satisfied.
I celebrate a theology of amazing grace, but I often react in ungrace.
And if I rest in God’s control, why do I seek it for myself?
Even in moments when I think I am prepared, I end up doing what I didn’t want to do.
Wrong talk
Are not the fruit of the new life, are not the way of grace.
So there is this law operating inside of me.
When I step out with a desire to do good, evil follows me wherever I go.
There is this war that rages inside of me, between a desire for good and sin that is anything but good.
There are times when I feel like a prisoner, held against my will.
I didn’t plan to be mad at the grocery store, but that guy made me mad.
I didn’t plan to be discontent, but it just enveloped me in the quietness of the car.
That discussion wasn’t supposed to degenerate into an argument, but it did.
I am thankful for God’s grace, but there is daily evidence that I'm still in need of help.
That battle inside me cannot be solved by
Helpful hints
I have been humbled by the war I cannot win.
I have been grieved by desires I cannot conquer.
I have been confronted by actions I cannot excuse.
And I have come to confess that what I really need is rescue.
So, have mercy on me, O God,
According to your unfailing love
According to your great compassion
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions
And my sin is always before me.
I embrace the rescue that could only be found in you.
Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul - thank you for these honest and raw reflections! Very encouraging. I'm hoping to come to the event at South Eastern next week.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank your for such an encouraging post. I struggled with this exact thing last night at 1:00 a.m. I believe it was God who woke me to help me wrestle with these very truths. God is so good. Thank you again for an incredibly encouraging ministry!!!
R in Wisc.

At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I echo the other two. Thank you for this post and your dedication to be real, open, honest, and loving as you minister.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Jimmy D. said...

Paul - yes, I feel that same Romans 7 angst you've so accurately expressed here. Thanks be to God for Romans 8:1.

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At 7:19 PM, Blogger Guttbomb said...

How many souls will stay in bondage when Jesus has blazed a trail into His kingdom? "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death." Rom 8:2 To adorn the Gospel of Grace with our continual sin may appear correct but it is only false humility. If anyone will believe the Gospel all those sins will evaporate in the presence of God's Spirit. So don't be fooled, at every point in your life that you find sin you have found an area that God's marvelous grace has not yet touched. You should be discouraged with your sin and then go seek more and believe more. The only thing that separates the children of God from the children of the devil is sin; sin is the opposite of love.

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