I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not, but what I hate I do.~Romans 7:15
Have you expereinced this pattern when you try to make healthy changes? You can't always make yourself do right - do the very thing you really want to do. You try not to do the wrong thing - but you do it anyway.
We all have an old nature with deeply rooted habits. It is what has been driving us - the thing that got us here in the first place. The thing that invited us to overeat, eat the wrong things, eat too often. We can't break free of those habits on our own. (We've tried, right? How many times? Oi!) Paul wrote, "Who will free me from slavery to this deadly lower nature?" But then he gives us the answer, "Thank God, Christ Jesus has done it. He has set me free."
In Romans 7, Paul uses the words "I, me, my" twenty-seven times. But in Romans 8 he uses the word "Spirit" nineteen times. That's the difference between defeat and victory: tursting in "me" versus surrendering to the Holy Spirit.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: God's Spirit is ready and waiting to break you free of old habits, so you can move in a new direction.
Taken, in part, from The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional: Daily Encouragement for a Healthier Life