We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 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. 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. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. Romans 7:14-21 (NIV)
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 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. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 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 7:22-25 (NIV)
We have already been set free from the law of sin and death.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
The good news is God sees us as saints, not sinners.
He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry… Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:16-17 (NIV)
Acts of the sinful nature? Or just my own sinful acts?
The acts of the flesh are obvious: [Long list] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:19, 22-23 (NIV)
Fathers, do not exasperate your children… Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 (NIV)
We all need to work on our weaknesses/faults/sins
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
Stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you. John 5:14 (NLT)
… the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time… while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ… Titus 1:2, 2:13 (NIV)