Many times we have so trained ourselves to give in to temptation that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We “live down” to our expectations. One of the devil’s greatest tools is to try to erect a stronghold in our minds to make us think we can’t do something God has empowered us to do. God desires more for us and has prepared a way for us to be free.
When we look back to those verses of hopelessness from Romans 7:15-23 ("I don't do what I want to do and I do what I don't want to do") we must look at the verse that follows. After Paul has poured out his heart concerning his failings he concludes with these words in verse 24. “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
In these words of spiritual bankruptcy Paul realizes his weakness. This opens the door for Christ’s glorious deliverance. It is when we finally are broken over our sin and own up to our helplessness that we are ready to receive the deliverance of God. Otherwise we keep trying to arrogantly do it in our own power.
Surrender your temptation to Christ today. Will power is hopeless. Crying out to be rescued is the only way out.