So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.James 4:17
The problem with sin is obvious. Sin separates us from God. We know this, yet many of us engage in a lifestyle of transgression against God and, in many cases, battle the same issues year after year. Whether it’s unforgiveness, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, anger or “borrowing” pens from the office, if it compromises our walk, we should refrain.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.1 John 1:8-10
The bottom line is that we are sinners and sinners sin. We were formed in sin and we exist in the presence of sin. The problem is our attitude towards sin and our sinful nature. We do not have a plan for the attacks of the devil. Basically, we wing it and this cavalier attitude puts our salvation at risk. We let our guard down and fail to put on the full armor. Meanwhile, the devil is busy plotting and executing. An attitude of apathy, an attitude of complacency, an attitude of presumption, and an attitude of taking God for granted keeps us in this vicious cycle of yielding to temptation, feeling guilty and drifting further away from God. Eventually, we convince ourselves that this is acceptable human behavior, our hearts become hardened, our conscience become seared, and we are no longer convicted by the Holy Spirit.
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 the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13
If every temptation comes with a way of escape, no one simply falls into sin. To sin is to choose evil over righteousness, satan over Christ and death over life. To sin is to ignore the way of escape and insult Christ and the work of the cross. Hence, we need a game plan so that we can be the best version of ourselves when Christ returns.
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