Temptations last only a season. They come to us, after a while, they leave.
How we were influenced by them can have consequences in our daily walk and eternal destiny.
We are to clothe ourselves in the armor of God and stand firm in the power of His might.
Like ‘the fowls of the air that devoured’ the seed, Satan wants to pluck heaven out of your soul, Mark 4:3-8.
He wants temptation to lead to sin so he can ‘wither away your faith’ and cause your heart to fail.
Pleasures of this world spring up all around us in an attempt to choke out the work, word, and spirit of God.
He wants you dead, first spiritually, the physically.
The battle we are in is not child’s play. There is a war is raging for the souls of men, yours and mine.
God has given His children all we need to withstand and win this lifelong battle. See Ephesians 6:10-20. For a longer read on the subject, get the book, The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall.
God has provided us a way to overcome every temptation we encounter, 1 Corinthians 10:13.
So we are without excuse when we sin as Christians. When we sin we become the servant of sin. Satan is the father of sin and by sinning we become an enemy of righteousness, Romans 6:12-14.
If we persist in sin we will not abide with God in eternity.
Read Jesus’ own words highlighted and emboldened below. The matter could not be clearer. You must be free of sin to be Jesus disciple.
Then said Jesus to those Jews
which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed;
and ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him,
We be Abraham’s seed,
and were never in bondage to any man:
how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whosoever committeth sin
is the servant of sin.
And the servant abideth not
in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.
There is hope in repentance when we sin.
But that repentance must be genuine and a long standing. When we truly turn from sin and repent, we will no longer to be dragged down in the putrid bowels of its influence again.
This is where the grace and longsuffering from God comes in. He is here to help us overcome sin, all of it. If we let Him . . .
Like a piano with a dead key, we become amiss when we fail to resist temptation.
First and foremost as Christians, we are to stand firm in our faith and free ourselves from the chains of sin. ‘Enduring hardness, as a good soldier,’ we are not to ‘entangleth ourselves with the affairs of this life; that we may please him who hath chosen us’ (2 Timothy 2:2-4).
We cannot serve God the way He wants us to when we are serving another master.
It may be a frank and willful sin like lusting after something (or someone) in your heart or something as subtle as a casual lie.
Regardless, sin squelches that still small voice of God in our heart.
Like a piano out of tune, we turn into a bad melody, when we ignore God’s harmonious word and submit to sin.
We don’t hear Him when we should . . .
We don’t pray when we should . . .
or get up . . .
or listen . . .
or talk . . .
or walk . . .
This short season of life goes by so fast.
One day our retiring will come.
Will those minutes, hours, days, or years choosing sin stain your eternal soul?
Or will serving Our Lord with a broken and contrite spirit shine on that day?
He wants to grow and be servants of righteousness, not servants of sin:
Know ye not,
that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteousness?
~ Romans 6:16
I remember too many days and opportunities lost.
Just yesterday, I learned that I needed to talk.
To anyone, especially strangers.
Talking breaks the ice and provides opportunities for God’s love to be shine through.
Are you in a place that you can hear Him?
More importantly, are you in a place where He can hear you?
Fight the good fight.
Make sure your armor is on.
Because tomorrow is coming and the enemy is waiting . . . .