I wondered about the name of a very popular TV show called “Breaking Bad”. Based on the name, you could interpret it in so many ways. I started watching it with the hopes that it would show some people breaking free from being bad. The show was not this at all. In fact, I think it was someone breaking the mold on being bad to worse than bad.
The interesting thing in life is that we seem to seek being bad. I know there is also a very popular song right now that states the following:
“Counting Stars” by One Republic:
I feel something so right
By doing the wrong thing
And I feel something so wrong
By doing the right thing
I couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive
No matter how hard you try, it seems that we seek to do wrong; and I believe, most of us feel that it is right. How do we break this cycle or should we?
Paul puts it so clear when he states:
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:14-25 (NIV)
Are you a slave to sin that is confirmed in God’s law? (Exodus 20:1-17) Are you willing to admit it? Are you willing to thank God that He will deliver you when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord? If a person, Paul, that has written a lot of the New Testament hates to do what he does not want to do but does it anyway, have you realized you do to?
I pray that God helps you and I break the chains of sin and live a life in Him!
image: Sean Davis