"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Sometimes I sit down and really evaluate who I am and where I am in life. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with the fact that my failures are adding up. I think most people want to believe they are good people. I think most people want to believe they are doing more good for others than they are doing harm. I think most people want to see the victories in life rather than the failures. But then there are those times in life when we just can't get past the simple truth: we are sinners. Paul said in Romans 3:10-11, "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. He said in verse 23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The Bible leaves no one out when it comes to sin and failure. Even those who think they are perfect and think that they have no failure cannot escape this truth from God's Word. Paul goes on to talk about sin and failure in his own life that I believe we all struggle with as well. In Romans 7:15, Paul said, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." He goes on in verses 17-21, "As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell 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 I do not do the good I want to do, but 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 the sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me." He recognized two important truths in verses 24 and 25 that you and I need to recognize today: "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" We need to recognize that we are wretched people! Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" We need to recognize that on our own we don't have a chance to conquer sin and failure in our lives. But Jeremiah 17:14 says, "Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the One I praise." We also need to recognize that God is our Deliverer! 1 John 4:4 says, "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." Paul went on in Romans 8 to remind us of a few things: (1) Christ has set us free from sin and death - vv.1-2; (2) Those who live in the flesh of sin and failure have their minds on the flesh, but those who live in the Spirit of righteousness and victory have their minds on the Spirit - vv. 5-11; (3) The Spirit of God intercedes for us; He helps us - vv. 26-27; (4) We are conquerors in Christ; He has given us victory over sin, failure, and death - vv.31-39.
My failures are adding up, but God...He has made a way for me! He did not spare His One and only Son for me. Jesus came and defeated sin and failure and death. He died on the cross for my sins and my failures, and He rose from the grave victorious so that one day I, too, will claim victory! Thanks be to God!!! I am forgiven and freed from sin and failure! I will choose today to live in the Spirit...to think on heavenly things...to fill my heart and mind with the things of God, rather than the things of this world. And that is the victory that overcomes my failures!