An excerpt from "Sermon Central.com" entitled, "Who Will Rescue Me From This Body Of Death?" by Stephen Becker, states: "Imagine if you were driving your car, and suddenly your foot fell asleep. No matter how hard you try, you can’t use your foot to push on the gas or the brake. You want to stop, but you can’t. You’re heading toward that red light, and you try to push on the brake, but your foot is asleep - it’s not working. You see the danger to your life dead ahead and you desperately want to stop the car, but you can’t do it. Friends, that’s how it is for us spiritually – instead of there being something wrong with our ankle or our bodies, there’s something wrong with our souls – we want to do good, but we can’t. We are spiritually handicapped – our spiritual arms and legs aren’t working the way we would like them to work. That’s symptom number one.
And then there’s symptom number two – we do the bad things that we don’t want to do. Look at the rest of verse 15: the apostle says, “What I hate, I do.” Paul hated to sin, but that’s what he did. Verse 19: “For what I do is not the good I want to do. No, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” I keep doing evil, even though I don’t want to. Sounds kinda like a drug addict, doesn’t it? The drug addict knows that drugs are bad. He knows that drugs are evil, that they are insanely expensive and complete waste. He knows that the drugs are the reason he can’t keep a job. Drugs are the reason he’s broke, the reason his family has left him. He knows that drugs are evil, but he keeps doing them – he’s addicted; he can’t stop. Friends, this is symptom number two – you and I are addicted to sinning, and we can’t stop. We know that certain things are wrong. We know that it’s evil to neglect the Word of God in our personal lives. We know it’s evil to worry about money all the time. We know that it’s evil to do even the slightest thing wrong. And yet, we do those things, don’t we? The evil we don’t want to do, this we keep on doing." This article may be viewed at: Who Will Rescue Me From This Body Of Death?/sermoncentral.com
Reference Romans 7:24