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Daily Devotion for October 27, 2011
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
"For Each New Morning"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
I thank thee.
Prayer for All People
O God, the creator and preserver of all humanity, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of people; that it might please you to make your Word known to them and bring your saving health to all nations. In particular I pray for the entirety of your church, in all of its many forms; that it may be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit, and that all who profess your name and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth. May all of us live in the unity of spirit our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
Finally, I commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are ill or in distress, in their mind, body, or circumstances. May it please you to comfort and relieve them in accordance with their needs, giving them patience during their suffering, and a fortunate outcome to all of their problems. And this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who was always pleased to relieve the suffering of those he encountered.
Lord, support me all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and my work is done. Then of Thy mercy, grant me a safe lodging, and a holy rest and a peace at last through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Romans 7:13-20 (ESV)
The Law and Sin 
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
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.
Notes on the Scripture
Sinfulness is sometimes very hard to understand. Paul deals today with one of the most perplexing aspects of sin — why do we sin when we don't want to? If we love God and believe in Christ, and want to do good, why do we still sin?
Paul himself admits, "I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing." Why do we still feel a touch of envy at someone's big beautiful house or shiny new car, or feel a stirring of lust when we see a beautiful bare young body, or get red in the face when someone cuts us off in traffic? It's not what we want to do, so why do we do it?
First off, it is good that we do not want to sin. Rest assured, that hating your sin is a good thing. What you cannot do is assuage your guilt by abandoning your principles, even when you have not followed them. For every Christian feels guilt at his or her wrongdoing.
Second, always remember that it is sin, not the law that defines sin, which is wrong. When we have sinned, we often try to blame anyone or anything other than ourselves. But do not try to blame the law for your problems when you have broken it. This is what Paul means when he says, in the first sentence, "Did that which is good, then, bring death to me?"
Finally, we can find comfort in what Paul says. Once we fully accept God's grace and live in Christ, we are dead to sin and born again in Christ. It is no longer "us" committing the sin, for we are dead to sin; but sin continues to dwell within us. Our flesh was sold into sin and as long as our flesh is alive, the sin within us will not die. But we will find complete forgiveness from it, when all is said and done.