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Temptation and Sin are Powerful (NOT)


James 1: 14 15 (NIV)

- - - but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.


For Christians, perhaps no personal effort is so fundamental to spiritual wellbeing and growth as overcoming temptation and sin in our lives. But how is this possible?


Acknowledging temptations and that we must endure and overcome them and accepting that we must endure them that we may overcome them exposes them for the weak and transient things they are. Facing our demons (whether our own sin nature or Satan himself), and accepting that we must suffer their barbs and deflect their darts, removes the fears of our imaginings and, as with most difficult and painful things, here and happily the reality proves far less difficult or painful than we had imagined. It is the darkness that gives our demons their power upon us we fear the bump in the night but the light of day reveals the truth: that our demons are defeated and doomed already, and dependent on our fears for the influence they have in our lives. Remove the fear, and our demons are but poor little things that can only make noise. Hell is called Bedlam for a reason.


But to overcome temptation we must also be willing to give up temptation's end that is, sin. And to acknowledge that we must give up our sins is simply a mater of examining life's balance sheet. We find in fact that it costs us far less than we thought to give them up, and everything to keep them. And when we accept the cost and give them up, we then gain all good things.


Matthew 6: 33 (NIV)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.





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