1 Corinthians 10:13(NLT)—But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what other experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
Romans 3:10-12(NLT)—10) as the Scriptures say, “No one is good—not even one. 11) No one has real understanding; no one is seeking God. 12) All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one.”
Romans 3:23(NLT)—for all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Romans 6:23(NLT)—For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8(NLT)—But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Sin separated us from God since the beginning of time. God knew how weak we were with the selfish desires of our flesh and how we could not change ourselves. We needed a Savior to save us from an eternal death. God sent us His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die in our place for all our sins—past and present—so that we could be reconciled to Him.
God is holy and God is love; He detests sin and cannot even look at us when we sin. He did not want anyone to perish. When we choose to accept Jesus into our heart and believe by faith that He is our Personal Savior, we will be forgiven and become an adopted child of God. We will receive the Holy Spirit and we will become a temple for the Spirit of God to live in us.
If you are already born again, praise God! If you haven’t made that step yet then this is a lesson for your sake. Whether we are a believer in Christ or not, we still will have sin in our life. God gave us “free will.” We have a choice in everything we do. We are responsible for our own destiny—whether we go to heaven for eternity or not. The choices we make today will determine that.
Sin is prevalent in everyone’s life. We all have a spiritual war going on that we cannot see, but it does affect us. The temptations we feel everyday are not from God. Whatever habitual sin we struggle with daily, whether it be constant foul talk or habitual lying; pornography or habitually watching immoral television or movies (like shows with the Lord’s name being continually taken in vain, or sexual immorality, or extreme violence, cult or witchcraft being addressed, etc.); drugs; alcohol; cigarette smoking; sexual immorality; gambling—anything addictive, any habitual thing that takes you away from God is our choice and our responsibility to stop. Yes, it is hard to break a habit that we have always allowed in our life; and temptations will be there daily. But we do not have to face them alone. God will be there to help us. All we have to do is ask for Him to deliver us from our sin of choice. Trust God and believe that He will help you. God is bigger than any addiction and more powerful than anything He ever created.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)–Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would dare to ask or hope.
Matthew 19:26 (NLT)—Jesus said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
Romans 8:6 (NLT)—If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind there is life and peace.
There is our choice again. Either we choose our selfish, fleshly desires or we choose God’s help and decide to live a life based on His Word (The Holy Bible–In John 1:1 it tells us that Jesus is His Word). There are so many wonderful treasures to learn about God’s gift to us. It is a privilege to read God’s Word. I pray that you choose God and His Word today and that you delve into the Bible and seek His face. He will reveal Himself to you in so many wonderful ways. (The Gospel of John is a great place to start reading). God bless you and your journey with Jesus.