Delivery Status • Self
Jen Combs | Wife of Lead Pastor Joshua Combs
Romans 7:18-21 says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.”
Paul is telling us how he is constantly battling self. Every day he goes to battle crucifying the flesh of the evil it wants. Our fleshly desires are in opposition to godly desires. What are some examples of things the flesh desires?
Galatians 5:19-21 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies.”
Ever struggle with any of these? Ugh, that in and of itself is just depressing. You are probably thinking, “Awesome, so I just have to battle these things every day, all day, and it never goes away.”
Colossians 1:13-14 adds, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
I had the opportunity to visit one of the ladies prisons a few days ago. I met a woman named Tabitha. I asked her if she knew Jesus as her Savior. She told me, yes, but she did not understand how God could forgive her if she could not forgive herself. This is where the battle of self began. Tabitha was battling the shame and guilt that she had for whatever she had done. I was able to assure her that when she gave Jesus her life, He took her shame and guilt and in return offered forgiveness. It was no longer hers to bare.
Satan wants to keep throwing temptations at you. Sometimes they are mind games that you are worthless, not good enough, guilt and shame. Other times it is outward temptations to lust, get drunk, or to pop those pills.
1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us, “…God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
If you know Jesus as your Savior, you have truly given your life to Him; Scripture says that you have been delivered. What does delivered mean? Webster’s defines it as “set free.” You have been set free from battling the flesh alone. The Lord is committed to helping you battle. If you do not know Him, you are left to battle alone. Let me tell you, that is not pretty. I have watched countless people think that they can fight anger, bitterness, and the list of addictions all on their own. Maybe today you find yourself alone, tired, angry, and sad because things just are not working. They are not working because you are battling alone.
Come to Jesus and let Him join in your fight.