Morning Bible Reading:
This morning while I was reading the Bible I came across a certain passage in James 1 that really stuck out to me. As I read through the passage I came to the verse that read:
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1: 14-15
Something about the verse seemed to catch my attention. Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then it hit me! Temptation can be the result of our own lust and not just the other way around. Why hadn’t I realized this before??
Suddenly other passages about temptation started to make sense:
- – “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.” -Matthew 26:41
– “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7
– Mark 14:38
– “Neither give place to the devil.” -Ephesians 4:27
– “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” -Ephesians 6:11
Yes, people can be tempted without having done anything wrong—that much is sure. After all, Satan tempted even Jesus—a perfect man— for 40 days in the desert. But the above verse isn’t talking about that kind of temptation. Rather it is talking about temptation that we as fallen creatures bring upon ourselves when we participate and involve ourselves in things of darkness. We are without excuse.
Many of us have become comfortable with living below God’s holy standard. We have given our lot to dishonorable practices of entertaining earthly desires and lusts and thereby invite temptations to our doorstep. Brothers and sisters do not give evil a foothold. Admit your shortcomings to God and ask Him for his guidance for He is faithful to forgive and to help those who genuinely ask for His help.
Ask yourself this question: AM I MAKING EXCUSES FOR MY OWN MISTAKES?
Example from History:
Take Adam and Eve as an example. Not only did they disobey God directly by eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but instead of owning up to their sin and getting right with God they 1) hid and 2) started to point fingers at everyone else but themselves.
It is true that Satan was and is guilty of his own sins against God. But we all know what’s in store for him in the end. We can’t change that. What we can change, however, is our own behavior. Satan is responsible for Satan just like you are responsible for you, Adam is responsible for Adam, and Eve is responsible for Eve. Don’t get so busy trying to hide your sin from God that you forget that we have been given the opportunity to change. All we have to do is ask. Take into remembrance what happened to Jonah when he tried to disobey and hide from God. If you are trying to hide something from God, don’t. It’s impossible. God sees and knows all things.
How often do we watch Netflix shows or movies, knowing it is wrong but continue to watch it anyway because it stimulates sexual desire or gives us an emotional high? How often do we intentionally listen to something that we know within our spirit isn’t beneficial, but chose to listen nonetheless? “Why not?” we say to ourselves. “Besides, its not hurting anybody but myself.” Excuse after excuse after excuse.
Friends, there is NO excuse for those who willingly and knowingly open themselves up to lustful thoughts, enticements and fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). For when you choose darkness rather than light, beware, for God is the God of light and not of darkness. There is no middle ground with God. Either you love the darkness and hate the light or love the light and hate the darkness. If we chose to participate in something that goes against God’s word, against His direction or against His character make no mistake that He will spit us out of His mouth so fast that we wouldn’t even know what hit us until it’s too late.
As God’s children we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, “For it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-13). God has no need of lukewarm Christians who make excuses. God tells us to be either hot or cold, but not both.
God takes sin very seriously, friend. “Put no wicked thing before your eyes,” he says. And “if your right hand offendeth thee cut it off—for it is better that you lose a hand than for your whole body to be cast into Hell.”
Flee from temptation and do what is good all the days of your life. Obey God and keep his commandments. Read your Bible every day. Stop making excuses.