Thursday, May 17, 2007

TEMPTED TO YIELD TO SIN?

Admit it. We get tired of fighting against sin and temptation. We wistfully look towards the heavens dreaming about how great heaven will be precisely because of what will not have to be dealt with there. Then, when we check back into reality, we falsely conclude that we will not be able to experience such this side of heaven. We resolve ourselves to the thought, I will just yield to temptation this once. Ever been there?

The strength for winning against temptation and sin is not thinking wistfully about heaven. In order for our minds to be strengthened, we must focus on Jesus. Hebrews 12:3-4 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Victory begins in the mind. No, not positive thinking but POWERFUL thinking. Such power can only be derived from thinking on Jesus and what He endured. Jesus endured the cross. Jesus endured death. Not for anything He had done but for the sin of the world Jesus suffered.

Considering Jesus and His sacrifice is the motivation for us to rather die than to yield to temptation. Tempted to yield to sin? Consider Jesus, be strengthened in your mind, and fight sin unto death.

Have a blessed day...
Luke

2 comments:

selahV said...

LUKE: what a powerful little post! How true! so many things we use to excuse the itty bitty sins we commit. Yet if we consider Jesus rather than ourselves, we'd be more focused on what truly is the reason we should be holy as He is holy and be perfect as He is perfect. And to think He gave us that power through His Spirit and we beg forgiveness for not utilizing the power. shame on us. selahV
P.S. thanks for praying for Bob. We are home as of one hour ago.

Luke said...

SelahV

You wrote: Yet if we consider Jesus...

That one phrase is the whole key. Getting our eyes off ourselves and looking into that perfect Light until "the things of earth grow strangely dim".

Luke