Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dragged Away and Enticed

but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. –James 1:14-15

Instinctively we know we shouldn't allow ourselves to experiment with sin. Yet, often when we are feeling pulled in a direction contrary to scripture we intentionally start blurring the lines and create webs of lies and self delusion as a pretense to allow ourselves to follow the lusts of our human nature. There are dozens of better reasons why we should not "experiment with sin" then the one I am about to mention, but this one is probably a little more concrete for you if you have surrounded yourself with a false reality.

While I nor anyone else can really keep you from “dabbling” with sin I insist you make one concession. Ask yourself, would I be okay with struggling with this sin or issue far more intensely and on a daily basis? Once you have broken down a barrier and committed a sin for the first time there really is no going back. You cannot walk away, and I need to be frank, that logic is nothing more than pure trash.
Once you taste something that gives you any kind of satisfaction it becomes that much harder to resist. If you had the desire to try something then you can almost be guaranteed that desire will only increase once you’ve actually done it, especially because you have probably already reasoned away the consequences that may have prevented you from doing it in the first place.

Some people insist they are strong enough to handle it, even if that is the case (unlikely as that is), and you are strong enough to resist it, you will have to expend a lot more energy on resisting. So even if you are not much weaker in that particular area, you will become weaker everywhere else because you have to focus more energy on that particular issue.

If you think you can try a sin once and walk away unscathed, think again, you are at best a fool. You cannot magically go back to where you were. It takes a lot of time, effort and most importantly grace to be brought back to where you were. If you have already crossed that line, there is hope. Pray, and

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. -James 4: 7-8

We cannot do it on our own but we must remember that

…“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
–Matthew 19:26

Eventually sanctification comes, but it is not my experience that this process ever comes quickly. It must advance slowly or the foundation is weak. By allowing the sin in the first place we are backtracking so much that it often takes years to rebuild.

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