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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: The things I don’t want to do, I do them
By Florien Deysel


Paul said “The things I want to do, I do not, but the things I don’t want to do, them I do” (free translation Rom 7:15), this is what happens to all of us in life. We wake up everyday thinking that today I am going to do good deeds and I am going to live the way Jesus wants me to live. But boy, then reality strikes and believe it or not, we do the opposite. We blame others for the wrong we did, we point finger to others, we judge, we get angry, we lie, we cheat, and okay, we sin.
The above words became very real to me during the last couple of weeks. Every morning I get up, thinking boy, today I am going to be the perfect Daddy’s girl, just to fail within the first half an hour, if it is that long. No one is perfect except God, Jesus said so Himself, so how can I expect myself to be perfect? I can’t. Plain and simple, I can’t. I am human and humans fail and make mistakes.
Paul said in Rom 7:19 22 (Mess)”I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands.”
Go ahead and read this chapter in the Message Bible, I simply love it; it is so relevant to our lives today. But the best of all is in Verse 25 he gives us the answer. “The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”
There is no easy way out, we must simply watch and pray everyday. That is our only solution. If we do not put on the armor of God we cannot win this constant battle. There is so many mornings that we oversleep and things are so hectic that we think oh well, I will say a quick prayer, God will understand, and it is those days that things tend to get out of control, why, because we are not dressed with the armor of God. We were late and we forgot the sword, or the shoes. Still His grace is sufficient enough to protect us when we ask with a humble heart.
This morning I prayed and asked for protection and then a situation came my way and I had to handle it, for the first time in my life I did not get angry or frustrated and blamed everyone, no I handled it with a prayer in my heart and with honesty, and I believe that God will do the rest in this situation. This proved to me that God is in control because I surrendered to Him. I am dressed with the armor of God and therefore I am safe. Out of harms way.
I decided to study Job’s live this morning, not because I want to be depressed by it, no because I want to learn from him. No matter what happened to him or what came his way, he honored God and sang His praises. I want to be like that. But the good I want to do, I do not, I do the bad. Before long I say, why me Lord, look at me know, and then I am all cut-up.
I want to encourage everyone today to surrender to Him, to put Him first. God will then take care of us. The good in our hearts will then show in our actions.

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Sara Harricharan 05/14/09
Hmmm, now I've got to go find a Message bible and read that chapter. ^_^ This was good and I liked the few touches of sarcastic humor, it reminds me of that tweety-bird poster saying what a wonderful day it's been, how he hasn't insulted anyone, lost his temper etc, and then finishes with "But Lord, in a few minutes, I'm going to have to get out of bed...and then I'm really going to need your help." ^_^ Thanks for sharing this piece!