Every day there is something or other in which I fail to live godly and do what is right in God's eyes, according to His Word. My sinful flesh is my constant antagonist. As the Bible says so aptly, my flesh wars against my spirit that wants to do right and my God seeking spirit wars against my decadent flesh. The following verses quickly show this to be true AND point me to God's solution... IF I would but remember God's whole counsel and put it into practice. From cover to cover, the Bible shows us the struggles of humanity, between our sin nature (seeking our own way, instead of God's way) versus our need to choose to live godly lives.
then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved
both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no,
11 There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are
together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps
is under their lips:
mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not
18 There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what
things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every
mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law
there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin.
21 But now the
righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law
and the prophets;
22 Even the
righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon
all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
24 Being justified freely by
his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the
remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his
righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth
27 Where is boasting
then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man
is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is
he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify
the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God
forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, slow to wrath:
the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and
superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which
is able to save your souls.
22 But be
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the
word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a
24 For he beholdeth himself,
and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
4 But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
5 If any of you lack
wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and
upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive
any thing of the Lord.
8 A double
minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made
low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning
heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace
of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his
12 Blessed is the man
that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of
life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted
of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he
is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
18 Of his own will begat he
us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose
hope the LORD is.
8 For he shall be
as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the
river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and
shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding
9 The heart is
deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and
according to the fruit of his doings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
10 The fear
of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all
they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that
14 For he knoweth our
frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of
the field, so he flourisheth.
the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no
17 But the mercy of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his
righteousness unto children's children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his
commandments to do them.
not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not
his resting place:
16 For a just
man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy
falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease
him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to
the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any
wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
1 And he [ed. Jesus Christ] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men
ought always to pray, and not to faint;
consider him [ed. Jesus Christ] that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye
be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have
not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Do you really believe in God? Then trust His only salvation that He provided. That only way is in Jesus Christ. Do you really believe in and on the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you trust Him as much as that chair in which you are sitting? Then don't give up doing what God says! Don't quit!