Devotional Spirituality

deadmtn1I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7

Solomon Burke sings about this very frustration in the song, Like Anyone Else, which he performs with the Derek Trucks Band.

I'm just trying to understand ohh
Just really, really who I am
Ohh oh who I am oh lord lord lord now

Is there any truth, is there any doubt
Born of the flesh, Trying to figure out my purpose in life
I feel I wanna be a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, tribulation loss
Starting right now, right now, right now, right now, right now


This song presents the confusion and frustration Paul describes: we don’t do what we should do or want to do. We fail. Life as a Christian is a struggle. But as Paul notes, thanks be to God—we have Jesus Christ—our redeemer, our deliver.


Solomon Burke, a member of the rock and roll hall of fame since 2001, described as the best soul singer of all time by Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, was born in a church in Philadelphia on March 21, 1940, and has kept his faith strong over his 70 years. Solomon describes his approach simply and straightforwardly: “but there I was, born in grace, and it was always easy for me to understand the goodness of God. I strived never to be too overwhelmed or overbearing with it and do what the Lord said to do.”

Like Anyone Else

There are times I do, there are times I don't
First I say I will, then I say I won't, make up your mind
Heaven knows I can, then I say I should
Then I start to doubt if I really could oohhh oohh
So turned around, so turned around, so turned around
Figure it out babe
Think about it baby
I'm just trying to understand ohh
Just really, really who I am
Ohh oh who I am oh lord lord lord now


Is there any truth, is there any doubt
Born of the flesh, Trying to figure out my purpose in life
I feel I wanna be a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, tribulation loss
Starting right now, right now, right now, right now, right now


Realizing baby
Working and working and working it out working it out baby
Cause I got to leave here - ???
I really wanna know who, who I am
Oh lord, who I am, who I am, who I am


There are times I do, There are times I don't
First I say I will, then I say I won't
Ohh oohh make up your mind, make up your mind
Heaven knows I can, then I say I should, then I start to doubt if I really could
Soo turned around, turned around, turned around


Trying to figure it out baby
Thinking about it baby
Just can't understand
Who I really really really really
..... who I really am


Is there any truth
Is there any doubt, any doubt, any doubt
... any doubt, any doubt I'm trying to figure it out -
Just a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, start right now...

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  • Shut It Tight, T Bone Burnett +

    I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel I do the very things I hate to Read More
  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • The Dynamics of the Spiritual Life +

    Our emotional lives and our spiritual lives have different dynamics. The ups and downs of our emotional life depend a Read More
  • Like Anyone Else: Solomon Burke +

    I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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