We’ve all been there.
You set an intention.I am going to get up early and work out.
I am going to accept my sister-in-law’s way of parenting.
I am going to read instead of browse Facebook at night.
I am going to compliment my husband every day.
I am going to hand-write cards to loved ones every month.
I am going to replace the cookie jar with a fruit basket.

Our intentions are good and pure, but there is a war between our flesh and our spirit. (Gal 5:16-18).

Unfortunately, the flesh often wins. (And don’t make an excuse that time is the reason–it’s a matter of priorities, sunshine.)

The Message version of this week’s scripture memorization Romans 7:15 [Letter I] is powerful and poignant and perfectly related to the statements above and reminds us of what happens when our flesh takes over and dominates our best intentions: 

What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way,
but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.
So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself
and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.”
Rom 7:15-16 MSG 

What conviction, right?
We make a decision and then do the complete opposite.

As you embark upon a new week and memorize Romans 7:15, think about one thing you do that you despise, despite knowing better and wanting to change.

Journal and reflect: 

  • What emotion is not being met that causes you to give in to the temptation?
  • What unmet expectation surfaces and causes you to backslide from your original intention?

Apply The Word:
Set one intention to live differently (more aligned with The Spirit than the flesh) for the week and constantly recite this scripture, asking yourself these questions in the moment. And of course, pray. (Eph 6:18)

I am confident that God will reveal the area that needs to be surrendered and The Holy Spirit will spring into action when you take time to slow down and let are no longer living by the flesh.

With love for a great week,

“I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Rom 7:15