“The Desire to Do What is Good”
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. Romans 7:18-19
There was once a RICH young man, who came to Jesus and said to Him: “GOOD Teacher, what GOOD thing shall I do that I may have ETERNAL LIFE?” Jesus replied: “Why do you call Me GOOD? No one is GOOD but ONE, that is GOD.” (Luke 18:19) This tells us that we possess NO GOOD THING within us, because of our SINFUL NATURE. When we are born, we are born with a SINFUL NATURE, the desire to carry out SINFUL THINGS, the things that expresses themselves through the MIND and the BODY. The MIND THINKS about it, and the BODY carries that SINFUL thought to fruition or GRATIFICATION.
This is TRUE even for the TRUE BELIEVER, they may have the DESIRE to do what is GOOD, but they can’t carry it out, because they are in the FLESH and on their OWN, they do NOT have the POWER to COMPLETELY pull AWAY from those SINFUL THOUGHTS and ACTIONS. ONLY GOD’S POWER can SEPARATE us from the EVIL things that we REALLY DO NOT WANT TO DO, but we STILL are PRONE to KEEP on doing. Because GOD is GOODNESS, personified, and we are NOT, we MUST DEPEND on Him to STEER us in the RIGHT DIRECTION and to have the RIGHT THOUGHTS. We ALL are SINNERS in NEED of a SAVIOR, even those who have given their HEARTS and LIVES to HIM. He is the ONLY ONE who can produce GOOD in us.
The definition of GOOD is: Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous, pious. You cannot fall into this category, UNLESS you have been to the CROSS of CHRIST, and been CLEASENED by His BLOOD, for the SALVATION of your soul, and then COME DAILY for a CLEANSING of your SINS, SEEKING FORGIVENESS and to have your FELLOWSHIP with God, RENEWED, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS, with Him REFRESHED. And ALLOW Him to do the GOOD you DESIRE to do.
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, you have NO RELATIONSHIP with Him or His Son, JESUS CHRIST, who gave His OWN life for the FORGIVENESS of your sins. And if you DESIRE to DO GOOD, and to NOT DO what you SHOULD NOT DO, you MUST have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with ALMIGHTY GOD. And to do that, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS DIED for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God. You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and DESIRING TO DO GOOD, allow Him to DO GOOD through you, by HIS POWER. And be able to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, as your ETERNAL DESTINY, and RECEIVE HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS as your ETERNAL HOME. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!