July 22

Romans 7:14-8:8

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. For I donít know what I am doing. For I donít practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do. But if what I donít desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I donít find it doing that which is good. For the good which I desire, I donít do; but the evil which I donít desire, that I practice. But if what I donít desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. For I delight in Godís law after the inward man, but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve Godís law, but with the flesh, the sinís law.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who donít walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law couldnít do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to Godís law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh canít please God.