Romans 7:21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Wretched is the right word to describe people trapped in sin. Waging war against what we know to be true is an accurate description of the sinful thinking seeking to get us to act against what we know to be true. Regret is what follows acting on sinful thinking. Wretched sounds like retching. Nobody likes retching when we are sick. Sin makes us sick. Jesus came to save us from our sin. Jesus is the answer to the question posed by the unbeliever or the believer who is ignorant of his power to be free from sin, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Romans 10:9 instructs the unbeliever how to be free from sinful thinking that forces sinful actions, “If you confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”. “You will be saved” is a fact! All who trust in Jesus will be saved from slavery to sin and from being forced to obey sinful thinking.
Romans 12:2b instructs the believers how to live free from sinful thinking, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may be able to discern what is the will of God, what is good, pleasing and acceptable.” Believers need to renew their thinking by learning the truth, the Word of God. When we know the truth, we will not be deceived by sin’s prompting us to obey what causes us to be wretched or what makes us retch. When we know the truth we will attempt to be or do the truth expecting the Lord to fulfill our attempt with His power. In other words, we will live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
Are you captive to sin? Repent of your sin and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9) and begin walk in the freedom of obeying the Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:31, 32, 36). Are you a believer living as a slave to sin? Remember you have been set free from slavery to sin when you were crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6-7). Remember you have Christ living in you, helping you, and nothing is impossible for Him (Galatians 2:20; Luke 1:37). Begin renewing your mind by learning the word of God (Romans 12:2b). Begin attempting to be and do God’s word expecting Him to fulfill your attempt with His power. Know He loves you all the time for the rest of time and eternity (Galatians 2:20). Begin to walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16).