S (Scripture) – Romans 7:1-6
“Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
O (Observation) – Lord, You don’t want a bunch of self-professed Christians walking around as zombie-like robots going through the motions of church life, saying empty prayers, giving money to the poor, going about this life one-hundred percent in their own strength apart from You, and trying to be good people. If we try to keep the requirements of the Law in our own strength, we will fail. We will feel guilty, and we will constantly be aware of our insufficiency. Our sinful nature is incapable of perfection, and will always default to serving our own self interests. When we come to know You personally, we die to self. We are crucified with Christ, and it is no longer us who live, but Christ in us (Galatians 2:20). You graciously provide us with Your Holy Spirit to reside within us so that we can be empowered by Your grace as we live our lives for You.
A (Application) – We are no longer bound to the imperfection of our sinful nature. The sinful things we used to do gradually become unappealing. You are constantly maturing us into the likeness of Jesus, despite our missteps along the way. What’s important is that our hearts are in tune with You, and we are quick to confess our shortcomings and desire nothing more than Your guidance, forgiveness, and grace. Are there any habits, hangups, addictions, or behaviors that we feel we just can’t break away from? For some it might be alcohol, prescription drugs, recreational drugs, or sexual in nature. For most others, it is much more subtle – irritability, anger, fear, anxiety, worry, jealousy, or bitterness. We are no longer slaves to these things. By the power of Jesus, we can overcome as He overcame. Greater is He who is in You, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Once we confess that we have been holding on to such things, we must be still, and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
P (Prayer) – Lord, You know the issue in my heart I am dealing with right now. I pray that You would calm my soul. I trust You. I trust Your timing. I trust Your plan for my life. I pray that I can overcome these emotions and remember what it means to rest in You and in You alone. Thank You for all that You are, and all that You do.