On our own, we just don’t have the power to get it all together. We know right from wrong, we know what we should and shouldn’t do, but we have a hard time doing the right thing. This reality is uncomfortable for believers who are trying to put God’s Word into practice. While we know what we should do, on our own we just can’t do it.
That’s what the book of Romans is all about. As long as we keep trying to do things in our own power, driven by our own self-will, we’ll always fail. We need to plug in to Christ’s power in order to experience victory over our hurts, hang-ups and habits. As long as we keep trying on our own, we’ll encounter nothing but frustration and failure. But when we accept Christ’s power, we’ll find out that there is truly no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:1).
Taken from NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible