Lust Of Senses
This world focuses on the lust of all senses, which leads us to temptation. Seeing porn (eyes), hearing music we shouldn’t listen to (ears), using our mouth (taste) or nose (scent) for drugs or gluttony of food, and engaging in physical activities we shouldn’t partake in (touch).
Being tempted is not a sin, just like anger itself isn’t a sin. Even Jesus was tempted, and He got angry. But it is all about how we handle it.
(NIV) Ephesians 4:26,” “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.””
In the same way, this scripture points out we shouldn’t linger in anger, we shouldn’t linger in tempting sin either. This can lead to backsliding in sin. What once wasn’t a problem, or given up to God already is being repeated multiple times.
Backsliding in sin isn’t easy, but it can be overcome. God will forgive a backslider.
Watchful Of Situations
If we fear we may backslide constantly that we repeatedly ask for forgiveness, then we must ask ourselves, is this a sin we are truly willing to give up?
If we realize it is something we don’t want to give up, then we need to seek God out that much more.
Searching His word, and understanding why it isn’t needed for our relationship with Christ. Many of these sins, in fact, tend to negatively affect our lives whether we realize it, or not.
Sometimes we need other Christians to help us stay accountable, and seeking counsel from a Christian leader, or a Christian counselor is beneficial. We also need to be aware of circumstances that may pose the temptation in the first place. For example, drinking happens at bars often, so avoiding bars would lower the temptation of drinking.
Going Against The Norm
We also need to beware of who we surround ourselves with. Our peers, family, and friends can all influence our habits, and sometimes our sins. If they don’t see it as a problem, they certainly won’t be helpful when we are trying to change for God. Know and understand, the world won’t be acceptable when we choose to go against the norm.
People struggle coping with someone going against the norm. For some reason, even if we aren’t saying anything, some will get defensive about our choice to be different. This happens a lot in relation to partaking in drugs and alcohol. People struggle understanding why because it may make them question their own choices.
We try to explain, but for many, it won’t matter.
It will always be justified in their eyes. Even so, it never will be in the eyes of God.
(NIV) Luke 16:15, “He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
At the end of each day, we must face the truth, and keep ourselves accountable. We can’t make excuses. It’s between us and God.
Admitting the truth to the Lord will greatly help our relationship with Him. He sees and hears all. He already knows. Nothing is a surprise to Him.
(NIV) Ecclesiastes 12:14, “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
So instead of running away from Him, we should run toward Him because He loves us, and forgives us.
It is that very forgiveness when our life is reviewed before God, in which Christ stands in front of us saying, “I took care of that,” every single times we’ve asked for forgiveness.
Christ keeps His word, and we should too.
Are you running from Him?
Have you run before?
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