Welcome There is a passage of scripture in the New Testament that I believe I relate to more than any other section of verses. Now take notice. I did not say this is the most important passage or even the verses I turn to and read the most. But for me, it is the most relatable. So what passage do I speak of today?
Food For Thought Every time I seem to read Romans 7:15-18, I seem to have this overwhelming feeling of “Yes, that’s me!” Let me start by giving you these four verses, as read in my NIV Bible.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
Now I will admit that the language in this passage can be a little confusing, but the truth is, I have said almost these exact words. I have had those moments of thinking, or saying, “I want to do good, but instead I’m doing what I hate. I don’t understand!” Can you relate?
It can be so confusing. I want to do good. I desire to do good. I study to do good. I pray to do good. But I seem to keep doing bad things over and over again, bad behaviors that I despise. I’ll let a profanity slip out when I get really angry. I get impatient and irritable with my husband when I’m not getting my way. I’m negative in my thoughts and actions. I forget to be grateful. I want to give of my resources and time, but I enjoy using my time for myself more. I’m supposed to be strong in faith, yet I doubt and question God and His plans. I desire to have a more positive attitude and less anger and frustration. I desire to put others before myself. So how is it that I keep failing? Why do I keep being pouty, angry, mouthy, negative, jealous, impatient, and selfish? I know God’s commands and believe they are good. But there is still sin living in me.
I think this is a battle we will all continue to fight as long as Satan is permitted to have residence in our world. Satan grabs hold of my weaknesses and uses them to carry out his desires. I cannot be perfect. It’s a fight I’m going to continue having, but I don’t have to fight it alone. God has given me many tools and weapons to take on this battle. I have the Holy Spirit to call on in times of weakness. It is certainly frustrating to want to do good and feel like I continue to fail in my efforts, but like many other areas in our Christian lives, I will need to persevere and fight the good fight. I will not give up on my quest to carry out good.
Today’s Prayer My Dear Heavenly Father, I invite You to join me on my life’s journey for wanting to carry out good. I want to do Your will and be pleasing with my words and actions. With You at my side, I know that I can conquer these sinful behaviors. I ask that You don’t give up on me, and don’t let me give up on myself, either. I will continue to try my best. I will continue to desire to do good. Forgive me for the many times I fall short in this way. I thank You for Your mercy and grace so that my failures do not condemn me. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.
Today’s Scriptures Obviously, the inspiration for today’s writing came from the passage in Romans 7. But I would like to follow up with some verses that offer hope, even during my struggle to do good.
Romans 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
1 Peter 5:10-11 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever, Amen.”
Zechariah 4:6 “So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Today’s Recipe Like my desire to do well in so many other areas of life, I desire to eat well, too, but often fall short. My actions seem to betray my best intentions. Like in those other areas, I must persevere and not give up. I will continue to find ways to enjoy my food while also making proper nutritional choices. In that quest , I have found this recipe for a veggie-packed side dish. These are Zucchini Cheese Puffs. I love zucchini, especially grilled or roasted, but trying to convince my family of its deliciousness has been a little more tricky. I figured if I could offer this selection in place of tator tots or French fries, I might be on to something. Honestly, this is the first zucchini dish I’ve made that my daughter has liked! Now I will admit that they don’t taste like a fried potato treat, but they do have a crispy outside and chewy interior and a mild flavor.
Zucchini Cheese Puffs (makes 16 puffs)
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (Panko makes for a crispier puff)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese