My sweet friend Tammy pointed out that chapter 8 of Romans is a little more encouraging then Romans 7. I used the majority of chapter 7 to discuss why it is so hard to live a disciplined life. While we are stuck in this fleshly body we do have victory in Christ and we are guided by the Holy Spirit (if we choose to yield and follow Him). It can be depressing to only read about sin and death having it's way in our bodies but there is also life in the Spirit:
Romans 8:4-5 "So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit."
I put the last part in bold because that is what I was trying to say at the end of my first posting on discipline. If we seek after the things of God discipline will come more naturally to us because we are setting on our minds on the things of the Spirit, not the flesh. We can live more disciplined lives as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Thanks Tammy!