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"I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do"
Romans 7:15

Ok.  You give in to sin because the flesh likes it.  The more you listen to the cries of your sinful flesh, the more you are going to sin.  I remember being taught as a child the old adage, "What you feed, grows!"  It's just like scratching a mosquito bite.  The more you scratch, the more it itches.  The more you scratch, the bigger it gets.  The more you scratch, the more irritated it becomes and eventually turns into an open, festering wound.  The more you sin, the more your flesh wants that forbidden pleasure and the larger the problem becomes.  The solution to not irritating that mosquito bite is to stop scratching.

I'm gong to ask you a very pointed question.  In fact, I'm going to ask you to write your answer on a piece of paper or a blank page at the back of this book.  There is great value in writing your answer down, as you will soon see.  Why Do I do the Sinful things I do? Chapter 5 of Extreme Mind MakeoverHere is the question: What are the sins you tend to battle against daily?

If you're like me, you probably put your pen down and are thinking to yourself, "I'm not going to write those things down for anyone else to see!"  Pick the pen back up and write down the sins you tend to battle against daily.  Be honest because we need our lists to stare us in the face.  We need to take a moment to physically see on paper the names of the sins we tend to struggle with.

Look at your list.  Now, look again.  In each case, your mind plays an integral role in whether you will experience victory or defeat.  In Romans 7:14-25 Paul says,

"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  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.  I know that nothing good lives 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 what I do is not the good I want to do; no, 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.

So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  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, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin."

I know that this passage can be confusing.  To help us understand it a little better we are going to take the time to consider what Paul is saying.  Look again at verse 15.  "I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."  Can you relate?  All too often I have struggled with doing the things I dont want to do while I don't do the things I want to.  This is very frustrating, to say the least.

When I first began studying this entire passage in depth, I discovered that what was tripping me up were all the "I's" that Paul kept using.  Let me share with you what I learned.

I Was Born a Sinner

As we move forward, you will see two diagrams that will help us understand and apply this wonderful text.  First, I would like to introduce you to my friend Sy N. Ner (see figure).  Sy is a picture of what you and I were like before salvation.

As you take a look at Sy, there are two things I want you to notice about him.  First, notice that he has a sinful body.  The second thing you should notice about my friend Sy is that, as an unsaved person, he also has an "old nature" residing within him (identified by the "ON" in the diaram).  This is the picture of every human being ever born.  Our old sinful nature, has a natural bent toward sin.  Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:1-3 that this old nature has no desire or devotion for God in any way, shape, or form because it is dead in sin.  It is focused entirely on one thing: gratifying the sinful cravings of the flesh.  Anything the flesh wants, the old nature is willing to provide.

Notice that Paul says before salvation your thoughts were focused on gratifying the desires of the flesh (Eph. 2:3) ...

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