Daily Devotions
Memory Verse:  Romans 6:17 — 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.  
 
Westminster Confession 19.6 Although true believers be not under the law, as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified, or condemned; yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life informing them of the will of God, and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly….    
 
Monday:  How is everyone by nature bound to the law (Rom 5:12-14, 20f)?  What is Paul’s main point in Rom 7:1?  What is the only way to get out of the binding law relationship (6:14, 7:4)?  Think of some ways you live under, or cause others to live under a law-principle (e.g. cherish me or I’ll give you the silent treatment).
 
Tuesday:  What does the law arouse according to Rom 7:5, 8?  What kind of fruit does the law-principle produce (v 5)?  What are some examples?  If you don’t know grace or Christ, why does the law “hold you captive” (v 6)?  Where have you diminished, badgered, controlled, nagged, manipulated, or had such things done to you?  What difference would a heart of love, and rest in God’s grace have made?
 
Wednesday:  According to Rom 7:4, who dies—-you, or the law?  Why must you die to the law (see Rom 1:16-17, 5:9, 19, and WCF 19.6 above)?  What do the phrases “belong” and “has been raised” tell you about your new husband?  How does being married to Christ give you power/ability to please him (8:11)?  How does it motivate you to love God and neighbor (6:17)?
 
Thursday:  Rom 7:6.  The old written code stood outside the hearts of many OT saints because they separated it from the One to whom it pointed.  How is new life in the Spirit different (Rom 8:2, 9-10)?  Whom does it ‘fix’ in our hearts?  What is our heart-response to our new “husband” (Gal 5:16ff, Rom 13:8-10)?  Pray for specific growth.
 
Friday:  Rom 7:6.  Think about this “new life of the Spirit,” or “gospel/grace principle.”  How does it change you from demanding love, obedience, or whatever you think will give you happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment?  Look at the difference it makes by reading Rom 12:1-14.
 
Saturday:  How does Rom 7:7-12 argue that the law itself is blameless, holy and righteous?  What is the problem that keeps the law from being ineffective?