Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me
I. The dualistic dilemma: Christians face the ongoing internal battle between their "old nature" and their "new nature." "For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh." - Romans 7:18, 7:23, 7:25b
II. The devil's deception: Satan, the accuser, constantly reminds us of our imperfections. "So I discover this principle: when I want to do good, evil is with me." - Romans 7:21
III. The daily downfall: Because we sin often, we know we will never achieve perfection here. "For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do." - Romans 7:19, 15.
IV. The debilitating despair: Our weakness can lead us conclude that we should stop trying. "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" - Romans 7:24
V. The divine deliverance: We find freedom from false expectations by acknowledging God's constant work in us. "Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus" - Romans 8:1