Doing what you want to do - Monday Ministry

Monday Ministry is about sharing and encouraging one another as we take Sunday into the rest of the week
Too often as the service ends and the closing hymn plays my mind has already turned to who I need to speak to or my plans for the day. Even though I make notes I rarely come back to them.
What if I'm missing what God is trying to speak into my week?
So, whether you go to Church or not if there is a word that speaks to you, a prayer that touches your heart or a hymn or song that makes your Spirit soar; I want to encourage you to join me into bringing Sunday into the rest of your week and letting it minister to you (and others) from Monday.
                                                                                   


"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" 
Romans 7: 18

Tackling sin is never the easiest sermon for a Pastor and ours did it well. 
Romans 7:14-33 are the kind of verses I like to skip over - I know I'm not perfect, I know God's working on me, I don't need the guilt trip!
These verses need to be read slowly, there's a a lot of do's in it! Yet, I was struck afresh by Paul's anguish. I often berate myself because I know I am doing something I should not and yet I can't stop!

None of use want to be out of step with God, we know that his way is better but somehow we keep wandering away from the path that God so tenderly keeps putting us back on.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do".
Romans 7:15

It is encouraging to know that even Paul, as close as he walked with God, struggled and tied himself up in knots trying to follow in obedience. 
If we know it, If Paul knew it, why do we get to that point when we are not living the way we want to? What is it that drives us to the destructive behaviour we thought we'd left behind?

"Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, 
but it is sin living in me that does it". 
Romans 7:20

We need to remember that until we stand with God in glory we are, and will always be sinful in nature, it is our default setting. Sin tugs at us with empty promises, as we pull toward the good in our lives, evil pulls the other way. There is a war being waged in our body, mind and soul and every war needs a champion.

This week I am reminded why spending time with God, knowing his word, coming to him in prayer and seeking forgiveness is so important. I am weak and in constant need of rescuing.

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
Romans 7: 24-25

God is not only our salvation the first time that we turn to him but he alone gives us the strength to turn away from the sinful things we do. 
God knows my heart and I am thankful that I can turn to him, confess my weakness and draw on his strength.
Breaking sinful habits is a long term process and means coming before God daily in truth and prayer, he will not let us fall.

"If the Lord delights in man's way, he makes his steps firm;
though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand"
Psalm 37: 23-24

What are those things that you just keep doing? Make a commitment to come before God everyday this week and let him rescue you.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Tania,

    Thank you for your though provoking post.

    I am praising our Lord, for being our Rescuer.


    Please feek free to link up with my Thankful Thursday posts :)

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Anita - I will have a look at thankful Thursday :)

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