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To Do or Not to Do

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March 29, 2023 8:00 pm

To Do or Not to Do

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March 29, 2023 8:00 pm

When I was a kid, a decommissioned World War II tank was put on display in a park near my home. Multiple signs warned of the danger of climbing on the vehicle, but a couple of my friends immediately scrambled up. Some of us were a bit reluctant, but eventually we did the same. One boy refused, pointing to the posted signs. Another jumped down quickly as an adult approached. The temptation to have fun outweighed our desire to follow rules.

There’s a heart of childish rebellion lurking within all of us. We don’t like being told what to do or not to do. Yet we read in James that when we know what is right and don’t do it—it is sin (4:17). In Romans, the apostle Paul wrote: “I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it’s no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it” (7:19–20).

As believers in Jesus, we may puzzle over our struggle with sin. But too often we depend solely on our own strength to do what is right. One day, when this life is over, we’ll be truly dead to sinful impulses. Until then, however, we can rely on the power of the One who’s death and resurrection won the victory over sin.

What sins are the biggest struggle for you? How can you rely more on God’s power to overcome their stronghold?

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading, titled To Do or Not To Do, was written by Cindy Hess Casper.

When I was a kid, a decommissioned World War II tank was put on display in a park near my home. Multiple signs warned of the danger of climbing on the vehicle, but a couple of my friends immediately scrambled up. Some of us were a bit reluctant, but eventually we did the same. One boy refused, pointing to the posted signs.

Another jumped on quickly as an adult approached. The temptation to have fun outweighed our desire to follow rules. There's a heart of childish rebellion lurking within all of us.

We don't like being told what to do or not to do. Yet we read in James that when we know what is right and don't do it, it is sin. In Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote, I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. As believers in Jesus, we may puzzle over our struggle with sin, but too often we depend solely on our own strength to do what's right. One day when this life is over, we'll be truly dead to sinful impulses.

Until then, however, we can rely on the power of the one whose death and resurrection won the victory over sin. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Romans chapter 7 verses 15 through 20. I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Let's pray. Our loving God, we want to reflect your perfect character in our lives. Please help us resist the temptation to sin and instead, with your help, choose to do what's right every day. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. I'm Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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