At the end of chapter 7, Paul assures all believers of having power to overcome sin and the assurance of final deliverance from this evil world. But he includes the reminder that during this lifetime, there will be constant tension because in the sinful nature, even a believer is “a slave to sin” (Romans 7:25). The question then arises, are we to spend our entire lives defeated by sin? The answer is a resounding no! In Ch. 8, Paul answers this question by addressing the life of victory and hope that every believer has because of Christ Jesus. We feel condemned because Satan uses past guilt and present failures to make us question what Christ has done for us. Our assurance must be focused on Christ, not our performances. No matter how we may feel, the fact is there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ. Because we have been rescued by Christ (Romans 7:24-25), we are not condemned. To belong to Jesus means to have put our faith in Him, becoming a member of His body of believers. Jesus said, “I assure you, those who listen to My message and believe in God who sent Me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life” (John 5:24). Are you beating yourself up for past mistakes? If God has forgiven you already, why are you still holding on to the shame and quilt? Resurrender to Jesus today for everything and all in your life.

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen