Tuesday, September 22, 2015

To Be or Not To Be Seduced: Taking Responsibility For Our Own Choice To Sin

Yes, there are many who yearn to lead us into sin. BUT, let us NOT deceive ourselves into thinking that there is no penalty for choosing to allow ourselves to be seduced.

It is the urging of our own flesh that seeks to harmonize with each temptation, because our flesh wants to engage in sin and have its own way continually. It is up to each of us to choose to whether we shall exercise our will to indulge in that sin or to reject it. Every time that we indulge in sin or reject it, we have made deliberate choices.  Though the burning of sinful urges may often feel as if they will go on forever, yet they only last a very short time compared to the peace and joy that God grants us when we have rejected and overcome each urge.

Proverbs 7:1-27
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5  That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7  And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8  Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14  I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16  I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18  Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19  For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20  He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21  With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22  He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23  Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24  Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25  Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26  For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27  Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. 

James 1:2-16
2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9   Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.    
13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  

Let's remember that Christ Jesus came to set us free from the ravages of sin, NOT that we should continue to serve sin, but that we should turn away from sin to serve and love Him instead of loving or serving sin, for whatsoever we serve is our master. When we continually sin then we make ourselves the slaves of sin by our own choice. In Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13, and John 8:34, Jesus strongly warns us all to consider to what and whom we enslave ourselves. But, even as He promised, Jesus has provided ONE WAY of overcoming our sin and our sin nature.

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