Name: Dennis Beckwith
Occupation: Linux Systems Engineer
Favorite verse(s): 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. 19 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. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Why this verse is important to Dennis: As a new creature in Christ, I often struggled with the sinful man still inside me who’d rear his head at the most unpredictable times. Was I really saved if sin still lived in me? The first time I read these verses, I rejoiced, because I could relate to them at a very deep level and understood Paul’s struggle, because they were my own as well. The most prolific writer of the apostles and the first major missionary to the gentiles, who led thousands to the Lord and followed up with some pretty no-nonsense discipleship to all his converts, dealt with the same things I do. It was a breakthrough in understanding the depth and breadth of God’s love and in helping me focus myself in my walk with Him. Whenever that voice of doubt creeps back into my mind, I always go back to these verses for strength, hope and assurance.