1.There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13). 1.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: 2.But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 3.Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:13-15).
How often have we heard the phrase, “the devil made me do it?” Most assuredly, our adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. However, I believe the statement “the devil made me do it” is overrated. Yes, the devil may have a lot to do with the times that we fall prey to sin, but on many occasions falling prey to temptation and being enticed is on us! You see, whether we are drawn away of our own lust and enticed, or the devil sets a trap and we fall into it, the Lord has promised a way to escape! I asked the question when responding to a comment on a blog, “Why is it, that when we feel we are being tempted above that which we feel we can endure, we most often fail to choose the way to escape, which the Lord has promised us?” I am not quantifying sin, because all unrighteousness is sin. Have you ever heard the phrase, “our greatest enemy is our inner me?” Our inner me is as deadly as being caught in a trap, that has been laid by Satan! How many times do we fall prey to our fleshly natures? When we have fallen short of the glory of God, how many times has the excuse been used “It just happened?” The truth of the matter is nothing just happens.We were created with the ability to reason, to think, and to make choices. The 3rd chapter of the book of Genesis, tells of the temptation and fall of man. The Bible tells of the serpent being more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made, and of how Eve was beguiled, or tempted by it, to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Adam, after having been given the commandment from the Lord not to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree, made a conscious choice to eat the forbidden fruit, and to disobey the commandment of the LORD. Did both Adam and Eve commit sin on that woeful day? Of course! Eve is an example of being beguiled by the enemy of our souls, and being drawn away of her own lust and enticed. Adam, on the other hand, is an example of willfully and blatantly disobeying the commandment of the LORD.
Allow me to interject here, that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. No one is perfect and free from sin, other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our High Priest. Jesus is God incarnate. He is fully God, and fully man. God’s Word tells us, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Jesus, being fully man, while being fully God, had the capacity to sin, but made a conscious choice not to sin! We who have been filled with the Holy Ghost, have the spirit of the LORD, dwelling within us, and after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, ye shall have power! By the power vested in us through the Holy Ghost, we have the power to walk right, the power to talk right, and the power is within us to live right! We have been called to live holy. The Holy Ghost will lead us and guide us, into all truth and righteousness. Jesus will keep us from sin, if we have a desire to be kept. We must leave no place for the devil. Failing to draw nigh unto the Lord, that He draw nigh unto us, leaves us vulnerable to our own fleshly lusts, and the temptations of the enemy. How do we draw nigh unto God? Through prayer, fasting, and reading and studying the Word of God, we grow stronger in the Lord, and the power of His might. The Word of God says, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) If we resist the devil, he will flee from us. We are to die daily to the things of the flesh. We must starve our fleshly natures, and provide nourishment for our spiritual natures. God’s Word tells us to reckon ourselves as dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In conclusion, I ask this question. Just how much do we really love the Lord? Matthew 22:37 says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Are we truly in love with the Lord? Do we love Him more than we love ourselves? Do we love Him enough to deny our flesh, to resist temptation, and to run to Him, to cleave unto Him? Thankfully, God’s grace is sufficient for us, and His strength is made perfect in weakness. If it had not been for the GRACE of God, where would we be? God does not allow us to be tempted above that which we are able to withstand! Even though we fall and succumb to sin, if we confess our sins unto the Lord, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Though our sins be as scarlet, the blood of Jesus will wash us whiter than snow. Thank you Jesus! Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Jesus is able to destroy every yoke of bondage, and He who the Son sets free, is free indeed! Thank God for His grace and mercy! We must not continue in sin, that the grace of God may abound, God forbid! The book of Romans, chapter 6 further states, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Choose ye this day, whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!