Sins Work Like Falling Dominoes
My resistance to temptation has been greatly strengthened the more I study the Bible.Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
I have not been an expert at finding the way of escape. I believe that many times I yielded to temptations because there were other sins in my life that could have been dealt with first. I could not find the way of escape because I was already in some other snare of the Devil.
Sometimes I have not remembered and trusted the promise of a way of escape
Temptations that surprise us or are new to us seem more difficult to resist. I believe temptations seldom come alone. The first temptation is to make a hasty decision and the second temptation is to make whatever the decision is. It seems to me that one of Satan*s tactics is to hurry us up. We can plan ahead not to make hasty decisions even if we cannot plan for the unexpected.
Sometimes I have not planned ahead to make considered decisionsPsalms 31:3: For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name*s sake lead me, and guide me.
Sometimes I have forgotten that God wants to be my guide and I need Him to be thatPsalms 19:13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Sometimes I have been presumptuous before and after temptation came
When impatience is an ongoing problem, we will be more likely to yield to temptation. I believe that waiting a moment weakens the temptation as well as enabling us to bear it. Waiting a moment permits us to gather more information.Proverbs 18:13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Sometimes I am impatient
Waiting a moment can give us greater opportunity to look around and find the way of escape. There seem to be some people that make quick decisions that are right. I think they are in the minority. When I take a little time to make a decision, I often realize my first thought was wrong. Many of my quick decisions come from my flesh and more of my considered decisions come from God.Psalms 37:9: For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Proverbs 29:20: Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.Ecclesiastes 5:2: Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes 7:9: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
A very wise but unknown black pastor said: The greatest friend of truth is time. Error is always in a hurry, but God*s man can afford to await the vindication of time.
Sometimes I do not wait upon the LordProverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Sometimes I am too proud to look for the way of escapeIsaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Sometimes past sins have been between me and the God who is able to provide a way of escape.Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Sometimes the best way to find the way of escape is to already be on itMatthew 24:12-13: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Sometimes I have too little spiritual endurance
Every victory over temptation can make you a little stronger for the next one.
Resisting temptation is not as much as habit for me as it should be1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God will ALWAYS make a way to escape
By the way, 1 Corinthians was written specifically to Christians.1 Corinthians 1:1-2: Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
If you are an unbeliever, the only way to escape is to receive Christ.
If you know me personally, you already know that I need to correct these things in my life just as much as you do. I would love to hear of more and better ways to resist temptation.
Care to discuss Sins Work Like Falling Dominoes with Ron?