The Great Revealer

Series: Recalibrate | Week 7: Released from the Fight You’ll Never Win

Day Two Romans 7:7-10

Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.

7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.” 8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. 9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. – Romans 7:7-10 (NLT)

Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.
1. What does Paul want to clarify with the Romans regarding the law (verse 7)?
2. What does an awareness of his sin seem to do in Paul (verse 8)?
3. How does the law bring spiritual death?

Respond: Use the Respond section of your Recalibrate journal to answer the following application prompts.
1. What does this passage teach me about God?
2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?
3. What should I do in response and when?

For Further Reading: Sin’s Perversion of the Law

For Families with Kids at Home:
Paul states that “the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.” When it comes to God’s laws, they don’t highlight how good we are because we can keep some of them. Instead, they highlight how bad we are because of how often we break them. Talk with your kids about how Jesus was able to keep them perfectly and fulfill them, and because of that, we’re able to find life in Jesus instead of in the law!

*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.
**TPCC does not necessarily endorse all For Further Reading/Learning sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.