Key Bible Verse: When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. – Romans 7:19
Bonus Reading: Romans 7:15-25
One morning I was driving alone to speak at a men’s Bible study, enjoying the uninterrupted flow of my private thoughts.
The thick traffic flowed steadily. As I slowed for a traffic light, I was relieved to see that I would make it through the intersection on the next green light. As I braked, the car next to me saw a “hairline crack” in front of me and, without warning, swerved over. I slammed on the brakes and checked the rearview mirror. So far so good. Anger swept over me but, since I was on my way to speak at a Bible study, I quickly recovered and kept my spiritual glow. I even forgave the bum for being such a spiritual degenerate.
The light turned green and the long line inched toward the intersection. Guess who was the last car to make it through the light? You guessed it! He made it, but I was stuck in line at the red light. That did it for me, Bible study or not! I let out an audible expletive that came from a part of me not surrendered to God.
If this were an isolated incident, then I wouldn’t be too concerned. But every day we each battle for control of our thought life. The real battlefield for the Christian is the mind.
—Patrick Morley in The Man in the Mirror
My Response: Am I chalking up any victories on this battlefield?
Thought to Apply: Sanctification is the mind coming more and more under the Holy Spirit’s control.—David Jackman (British pastor)
Adapted from The Man in the Mirror (Zondervan, 1989)