We are nothing without Yeshua
Did you know your works do not make you holy, it is only by the blood of Yeshua and the gift of the holy spirit that we can achieve righteousness
The Chief II
(#154 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)
Shaul’s further explanation of his reasons for confessing to be “chief of sinners” is seared into ones conscience with a proper perspective of the entirety of Romans chapter seven. Once the blazing light brings illumination, every false pattern of thinking is taunted by that light. Although some darkness may take years to be exposed, it was not so with Shaul and others; the others being those who submit and surrender to the truth that their own wicked inadequacies, apart from Yahshua the Messiah, will always be the whole of who they are.
Within your entire mindset and fleshly desires, a war is now being waged, which has often been discussed. Yet, the remedy which brings power is so clearly missing and seldom realized in these discussions. People forget. Somehow, the culture of those who profess to be Christians has come into this false, yet unified belief, that along the journey they call “faith,” they became “good” enough themselves. As if over time their personal wickedness, fueled by the ever-present ego, suddenly became a holy ego. It is not so loved one, not so at all! Power comes to those who continually acknowledge within that a complete takeover of the spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23) is absolutely necessary if they are to have a shot at exercising the power they have been promised (Ephesians 1:19-20). In other words, they follow the Spirit of Yahweh, through Messiah in them, with the absolute realization that not one ounce of their own personal will can exist if they are to manifest what has been offered through Yahshua.
“Thanks be to the Mighty One [the giver of the perfected mind], I [the redeemed mindset] have deliverance [the ability to leave behind self-will] through Yahshua Messiah [mind savior] our Master [headship in consciousness]! So then, with this same mind [redeemed, yet undone], I myself [the redeemed part] am a slave to the Law of the Almighty [perfected mind patterns], but with the flesh [self-reliant ego still present, sinful nature] I am a slave to the law of sin [self-satisfaction].” (Romans 7:24)
Death brings life! Is this not exactly what Yahshua proved to us?