You teach such things?


The Apostle Paul is by far one of my favorite people in Scripture.   One of the things that I do not understand is why God called ME to ministry.  I am the least worthy.  Paul inspires me.  In Romans 1:15 we read:


For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

Romans 7:15-25 (NASB)

I thought this would be a good time to confess something to anyone who reads my blogs or attends my classes.  I sin.  I am a “wretched man.” I do not deserve to serve God.  If you place your eyes on me, I WILL fail you.

I therefore find it hard sometimes to write and teach these things, because:

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Heb 4:12-13 (NASB)

In other words, God is not impressed with me.  He says to me I know your deeds (Rev 3:1 (NASB)).  It is not about you, Marvin.  He chose me, a wretched man, to proclaim His message and mentor other married couples to oneness in Christ Jesus.  God does do things in mysterious ways!

So, as you read my blog please keep this in mind.  I am so thankful to stand with Paul and be able to proclaim:

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:13-14 (NASB)

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kc5lei – who has written 50 posts on One Flesh Ministries.

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