The secular world often says God is testing me with the temptation to sin.
This same group also promotes that satan has caused them to sin.
Guess what, our secular world is misleading us again, as usual.
God’s word clearly states, He would never test or tempt us into sinning.
James 1: 12-14. Blessed is the man who endures temptations, for when he has been proved , 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 tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed’. God gave us a free will, to choose between right and wrong. Satan creates situations and circumstances that entice us to sin, but he cannot make us sin. Satan was allowed to temp directly on four occasions. Adam and Eve in the garden, Lot in the book of Genesis, and Jesus in the desert. So don’t blame satan! We have only ourselves to be responsible for our voluntary sinful ways. Because Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we were then born into sin. We inherited a sinful nature, but that does not give us the freedom to continue to sin as we please. Our selfish and evil desires within our hearts and mind causes us to sin in wicked ways.
Sin has consequences, sin separates us from God, sin hinders our prayers from being answered. In the book of Matthew Jesus lists seven sins to avoid, those seven sins capture the sins for all of mankind; pride, greed, lust, anger, envy, gluttony, sloth. Through out the Bible God assures us that everyone’s sins can be forgiven, but we must keep in mind sin has responsibilities and ownership.
How can we overcome our sinful ways?
Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross for the forgiveness of all sins, past, present, future.
We must change our mental and physical person by acknowledging and confessing our sins, repent and be more persistence to obedience , be confident within our ability to overcome temptation, make a commitment to ourself, be courageous one day at a time. Further thoughts must be considered when we subject ourselves to a sinful environment, our thoughts, our words, our actions, our friends, selective reading materials, websites, etc.
Listed are a few Biblical scriptures that will help to strengthen you.
1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure.
1 Timothy 6:9. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap into many foolish
and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.
Matthew 6:13. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Luke 11:4. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive others who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation.
Luke 22:40. Pray that you will not fall into temptation.
Romans 3:23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
James 4:17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it , to him it is sin.
Pray every day, read God’s word, build up your faith and trust in Him, put on the armor of faith, He will sustain you. Find God’s love, grace, and forgiveness in His Word…
Submitted by LRL