My oldest daughter, Kristina read a verse to me today from Romans 7:14-20. After she read it, it seemed as if it gave her an epiphany, a revelation! In that moment, I realized how the word became relatable for her. Romans 7:14-20 says, “So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin” It goes on from there. Her revelation of this scripture made me realize how good God is. It made me see how he could take someone from thousands of years ago, allow them to speak his words and it affects us today, in the year 2020. I’ve read that verse myself on several occasions, but seeing my daughters reaction, gave me new revelation from that verse.
Paul talks about how even he, a human just like us, was a slave to sin. “We want to do what is right, but we don’t do it”, he says. Then he goes on, “But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.” That part! That part right there got me. To know something is wrong, shows us that the law that God sets in place for us is good! Our spirit lets us know when we are doing wrong. Our flesh shows us that we agree with the law. This spirit and flesh go back and forth with one another on a daily basis telling us to put the cupcake down, to not lie about being sick to get out of work, yelling at us to go to bed so that we are productive for our families the next day! That’s me, I’m guilty. So why do we do it? Well further down in verse twenty it says that it is because of the sin living in us. For shame! Well, we all have that same sin. No sin is bigger than the other. Stealing a cookie out of the cookie jar is the same sin as stealing a car.
But what is the answer to this? Verse 25 tells us that Jesus Christ is the answer! Because of his death, he took our sins upon himself and we are able to be forgiven. Yes, as long as we are on this earth, we will sin, our spirit and flesh will be fighting against one another giving us options to choose right or wrong and we may still choose the wrong way. But thank God for Jesus! After my daughter and I talked about this a little more I ran here to write this post because I didn’t want to forget how humbling those verses made me feel. I pray that my daughters and I continue to get revelations from reading the word even if it takes reading the same thing many times over. It’s about reading it, making sure you spend time in God’s word so that he can speak to you, then sharing it and discussing it with others. It may not be this verse right now, but trust me, He will reveal His word to you in ways that you are able to understand and apply to your life. Allow your daughters to share what they’re reading, share their favorite verses. Let them talk about it, share with them what it means to you and give a testimony to it as well. We are older, we all have a testimony we can impart to our daughters to let them see how real and how good God is in our lives.
For His Glory,