For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
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?
by: Trisha Gerstel.
Every now and again I find myself in a situation where my troubled past creeps into my present-day life. These situations are great opportunities for Satan, who would love for me to feel guilty over my past mistakes, and who works very hard at making me not only do just that, but also fall right back into them. Thankfully, I have learned to turn my back on Satan’s lies and instead face my past with a heart that is filled with gratitude for my salvation, one that recognizes just how far God has brought me and revels in His power to redeem those mistakes.