Ezekiel 35:1-36:38 / James 1:1-27 / Psalms 116:1-19 / Proverbs 27:23-27
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived my beloved brethren.”
…a fascinating look at the road of temptation leading to sin. It says here that those who endure temptation (don’t allow temptation to turn to sinful behavior) receive the “crown of life”. So true…the crown of life eternally AS WELL AS RIGHT HERE ON EARTH – abundant life, healthy relationships, living in the light, free of bondage, free of secrets and shadows which bind up an torment those who hold them.
Satan’s strategies to get us to consider and participate in sin are nothing but a smoke screen, a well thought out lie, a theatrical presentation designed to “draw us in” so he can and steal, kill and destroy all that is good. We cannot help the fact that we live in a fallen world and that sin is all around us, but WE ARE NOT AT THE MERCY OF IT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM! GREATER IS HE IN US (OUR AWESOME GOD!!!) THAN he (Satan) WHO IS IN THE WORLD!!!
When sin presents itself we have two choices…to CONCEIVE it (allow it to come into our mind, to imagine it, consider it, and think about it) OR to BE PRUDENT, IDENTIFY IT FOR WHAT IT IS AND CHOOSE NOT TO ALLOW IT TO ENTER INTO OUR MINDS. It’s as simple as that…seriously. To look sin it any differently is to give it entirely more consideration, time and influence than it deserves. THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS, SIN HAS NO POWER OVER US UNLESS WE GIVE IT POWER BY ALLOWING IT INTO OUR MIND.
When we identify sin, call it for what it is, and deliberately keep the “door of our mind” tightly shut, it will be unable to enter, and have no chance to overpower us.