Where Sin Abounds
Temptations are everywhere! No matter what your weakness, the pull toward fulfilling that desire is reinforced daily with multi-faceted stimuli. One does not have to work at finding temptation. We have to truly fight against them to see to be Christ-like.
Someone once said that temptation is fulfilling a God-given desire in a God-forbidden way. I think that is a great illustration. Every desire we have is part of our created nature. However, each of those areas of our lives were put there for a divine purpose….designed with a God provided manner of fulfillment. Hunger is the mechanism God gave to us to find food to eat in order for the body to be sustained. However, we have so much food available that we often tell ourselves that we are hungry and eat much more than is needed because we eat on impulse. Man was created to experience pleasurable feelings. But, too many folks fill that pleasure “feeling” with drug addictions, alcohol, or other addictive behaviors.
Scriptures warn us about temptation’s snares……
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
James 1:13-16 – When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
Have you ever considered how our behaviors are often our failures to be strong in the LORD and upright in our daily duties? Consider some of these things listed below. I think you will agree that we are perhaps watching to guard against failure in the common moral decisions while we tend to overlook transgressions that reveal our sin nature…..
Think how many temptations you and I face in an ordinary day. Staying in bed late – the temptation to laziness. Growling at the breakfast table – the temptation to unkindness. Arguing over who should change the baby this time – the temptation to selfishness. Starting work 10 minutes late – the temptation to slothfulness. Losing your temper when a co-worker crashes your computer – the temptation to impatience. Flirting with that good-looking woman, taking a second look at the good-looking man – the temptation to lust. Refusing to speak to a person who has hurt you – the temptation to malice. Repeating a juicy story of your neighbor’s misfortune – the temptation to gossip. Lying awake at night thinking sensual thoughts – the temptation to impurity. Taking your anger out on the children after a hard day – the temptation to cruelty. Going out to eat when you can’t afford it – the temptation to self-indulgence. Having a second helping and then a third – the temptation to gluttony. Firing off a hasty letter to a friend who hurt you – the temptation to revenge. (Copied). Matt.6:13 – Lord, please “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”!!!!