#16 Ready to Have Your Eyes Opened?
Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016Print
About Finding the New You Series
Revelation is given in the practical places. Every life experience is buried treasure for discovery of who God is and what Jesus has given: a whole, new YOU.
That “old self” has no redeeming quality, nothing good in it. Its futility and wickedness is total. We want to keep a portion of self as valid. It takes a long time to utterly despair over our sinful self. Hope for improvement dies hard.
We keep trying to change the unchangeable old self. Or we control it. Or we hide it. Or we lie to ourselves about it. And this is the worst solution: we justify it. We convince ourselves that we are right, and we have the right. And we are all right.
But when you come to total despair in your failing self, you are ready to have your eyes opened and your mind renewed to see the solution: the unsearchable riches of Christ. Romans 7 is Paul’s living record, his own experience of despair in his ‘self.’ This is the only way into the ‘putting off.’
“For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate” (vs 15, NASB).