Good Morning August 1

We have two little ones in the family that display a characteristic common to us all. We tell them not to do something, it is the very thing they try to do. I say it is common to us all. It was present with the first temptation. God said that our first parents must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet as soon as the devil questioned that command, Genesis three tells us “the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”(vs.6) In that first rebellion the “I want” was released in all of us. We call it original sin, and it is seen even in the youngest of us. In Romans chapter seven Paul describes this as a continual battle between knowing what is good, and yet doing what is not. He finally cries out “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” But he is immediately able to answer he question with a shout, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”(vss.24-25)  We will struggle with sin as long as we are in this earthly body, but with Paul our shout of joy is that we can stand before our God in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

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