I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
I have discovered this principle of life — that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 7:15-25 New Living Translation (NLT)
We were created by God. He knows our inclinations and He also knows what we are up against as we live life in this world. He knows what we are going to do or even think before we do. Some things that are considered to be sinful don't always seem like much, but these things do affect our hearts and often lie dormant in our consciousness, warring with our minds. That's guilt. Guilt steals peace.
I thank God for His omniscience and His love. He sent His Son to save us from ALL sin as we confess our transgressions of commission and omission. He knew we would need help with this because it is a fight we cannot win without His help. It is clear in God's Word that He wants us to have "perfect" peace. He wants our minds to be "stayed" on Him and clear of confusion and guilt. He promises no condemnation for those who trust and believe in Jesus.
When we rely upon our own understanding, we usually don't know what to do and our sinful nature often takes over. That's the other "power" that exists in our lives. Jesus defeated that power at the Cross and redeemed us from sin. That's why we must hold every thought captive to Him, strip off the weight that trips us up, lay it all at His feet and run this race with faith that He will help us to do what is right. He's got this. He purchased our freedom from sin with His blood. Thank Him.