BCL Grow: Indwelling Sin — Romans 7:19-21

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Romans 7:19-21 (Sanctification)

Bible Passage

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. — Romans 7:19-21


“Men little consider what a dangerous companion is always at home with them. When they are in company, when alone, by night or by day, all is one, sin is with them. There is a living coal continually in their houses; which, if it be not looked unto, will fire them, and it may consume them.” — John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, pp. 246-47.

Steps to Take

1. Ask yourself: Why must Christians always be careful not to trust their hearts? What does the Bible tell us about our hearts? (See Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 1:21).

2. Remember: Because sin always dwells in us, even as believers, while we are in these mortal bodies, we should never take lightly any thoughts we have that are not pleasing to God.

3. Act: The more you understand the nature of indwelling sin and its power to destroy, the more you will understand your need for grace in Christ. Be on guard against the schemes of the devil (1 Pet. 5:8), and seek to grow in holiness as a child of God.

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