2019-04-22….Monday….Will to Resist
Many people waver when it comes to resisting temptations. They aren’t quite sure they want to resist temptations—at least not all temptations, all the time, and in all circumstances. Many people want to be able to pick and choose the sin they fall into, generally because they think they can quickly erase any damage caused by that sin. They are wrong on two accounts.
In the first place, they can’t select the sin they want to commit. In the second place, they don’t have the authority to erase the consequences or damage caused by the sin.
This is going to be a great week for us as we learn to “Respond to Temptation”
I think it is human nature to classify some sins as more objectionable to other sins. Why does it seem like human nature to classify some sins as more objectionable than other sins…well the Bible teaches that some sins are worse than other sins. It doesn’t create list of order or give a ranking it simple says the “wages of sin are death.” That means regardless of the sin. We aren’t going to get into rewards in Heaven etc today. I will lead you to a scripture John 19:11 and let you go searching. The words are in red and Jesus says “has the greater sin.” From there your search will take you many places. Sin comes from temptation.
Remember last week we had toehold, foothold, stronghold? Temptations from the devil come at us like fiery darts everyday trying to get that “toehold” in our life. Once they get that hold we must realize at that point we have a temptation to overcome. The power to resist temptations comes only as we make a decision to accept Jesus as Savior and make a firm commitment to follow Him as the Lord every day of our lives. The commitment is renewable day-by-day-by-day. I think many of us reading this today will say we’re saved. But please notice my statement above had an “and” in it. Saved and make a firm commitment.
To make a commitment to Christ is to do what Jesus commanded us to do and to pursue with the whole heart, mind, and soul, the pure, wholesome, godly, and holy life He lived. Jesus gave all of Himself to us, and in return, Jesus requires all of us. That’s what it means to take up our cross daily and follow Him, to truly “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” of being a Christian.
Included in our total commitment to Christ are a total desire and a commitment not to sin. Our pursuit is for righteousness—the things that are pleasing to God. Our desire is to reject sin and to turn from evil whenever it appears in our path.
Those with a wavering commitment to Jesus as Lord repeatedly give in to temptations because they don’t have a firm resolve not to sin.
Does this mean Christians live sin-free lives? No. We continue to live in fleshly bodies. We have hearts that need to be healed by a growing relationship with the Lord. We will sin from time to time, but our desire as genuine Christians must be to follow the Lord closely so we don’t sin, and if we do sin, we immediately recognize that sin, confess it, receive forgiveness for it, and move forward with an even stronger determination not to sin.
It is going to be an exciting week. Prayers….