The Answer Is Jesus

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

We might think of Paul as being perfect. A man of unimaginable spiritual maturity who had conquered every temptation and always walked in the Spirit. Yet, even Paul admitted that he struggled.

Calling himself “miserable,” Paul concluded that he was “rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned.” He confessed that, “No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right…When I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.”

Even though he loved God’s law, he still felt the influence of sin. He felt that he was a slave to sin and that “there is another power within me that is at war with my mind” (v. 23).

Paul shared these details because he wanted his readers to understand that these problems were universal. Sin could cause Believers to become discouraged and feel condemned, unworthy, and hopeless.

Paul learned that he could not achieve victory by trusting in his own ability. Rather, he needed to trust in Jesus, who gave him the power and ability he needed, enabling him to overcome the grip of sin.

All of us can feel trapped by our actions or words, by sin, habits, or circumstances. We may be tempted by carnal thoughts, preoccupied by our jobs, or anxious about the future. In spite of our efforts, we may be plagued by burdens or guilt.

In all of these situations, Paul found help: “The answer is in Jesus Christ.” We cannot overcome on our own, but with His strength and power we can achieve victory.

In whatever situations you face, talk with Jesus about your problems. Surrender your life to Him, and allow Him to give you victory. Jesus is the answer!