Fighting for Life

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Romans 7:14–25.

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold as a slave under sin. For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. Now if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me. So I discover this law: When I want to do what is good, evil is present with me. For in my inner self I delight in God’s law, but I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.

How does what you learned throughout the week inform what this passage says about your new life in the Spirit?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

How do you see the life of the Spirit manifested in your local church? How do you see the Holy Spirit’s work in the global church?

PRAY:

Lord, grant my siblings in Christ in this city, in the United States, and around the world an increased awareness of your Spirit’s abiding presence in them and of his work through them

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Week 1 of 8 Contemplation

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