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140 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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AY he now learns about? Can any man, all at once, break all
HABITS he now sees are wrong? No, he finds he has a FIGHT
against acquired former habits.
He still has this PULL of this invisible but powerful Salan to
overcome. This pull has been subtilely instilled as ALA
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working
within him- produced by the broadcasting ofSatan the devil- the
prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2). This whole world is in
tune with the very mind ofthe devil (Rev. 12:9).
The Apostle Paul calls this pull ofhuman nature- the law of
sin and death.
Paul was
converted
Paul was a real Christian. He had re–
pented, accepted Christ, and received the Holy Spirit. With his
MIND, he wanted with all his heart, and in real intense sincerity, to
DO God's WAY! But did Paul DO it perfectly?
Let him tell. LISTEN!
Paul's Experience
"For we know that the Law is spiritual," he wrote, "but
1
am car–
nal, sold under sin. For that which 1 do 1 allow not: for what
1
would, that do 1 not; but what
1
hate, that do
l. ...
Now then it is
no more
1
that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." He is speaking
of human nature within him. He continues, " ... for to WILL is
present with me; but how to perform that which is good 1 find not.
For the good that
1
would
1
do not: but the evil which
1
would not,
that
1
do.... For 1 delight in the Law of God after the inward
man: But
1
see another law
in my members,
warring against
the
law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members" (Romans 7: 14-23).
The law of bis mind is the Law of God - the Ten Command–
ments. The law "in his members" is
human nature instilled
by
Satan.
Then Paul cries out."...
O
wretched man that 1 am! Who
shall deliver me from the body of this death? ..." Then he thanks
God - that GoD WILL - through Jesus Christ, and by the power
of His HoLY SPIRIT. BuT IT TAKES TIME!
The truly converted Christian will find that he often stum–
bles,
under temptation,
and falls down - even as a physical child
learning to walk often falls down. But the year-old child does not
get discouraged and give up. He gets up and starts out again.