“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?” Proverbs 6:27-28
Many times, we know that if we go to certain places or hang around the wrong people, we are more than likely to partake in sin. Yet we still allow ourselves to be exposed to fire or hot coals according to my opening scripture. Some things are like a domino effect once triggered it will go off or fall apart and your only recourse is to sit and wait for it to crash, because that is all you can do. It’s like a vegetarian accepting a dinner invitation knowing very well that only meat will be served.
Jesus spoke about this in Matthew 26:41 while he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. He said, “watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Yes, we all have experienced the weakness of the flesh and I am sure most of us can honestly say we have been a victim of this at some point in our lives. One way to fight this is to read and mediate on the word of God. And another way is to make better choices. One bad choice can lead to a lifetime of regret and serious delays on your journey.
Before you agree to something that can hurt you spiritually, stop and think about the consequences. Ask yourself questions and see if it’s worth taking that risks. Those few minutes can really save you the after pain of sinful actions. Life is not easy, and our faith journey is filled with challenges and temptations which can be hard to resist. But there is a way of escape if we take the time to find it (1 Corinthians 10:13). The point is if the way has already been made for us to escape then that temptation cannot overcome us. Therefore, we are only defeated when we make that choice to do it anyway (believing that we are strong enough to resist though we could have walked on by).
Today, we can stop going to places where we are more likely to give in to sin. We do not have to say yes when we know that our answer should be NO! We do not have to partake in certain conversations (always walk away or close that topic). These little things can help us a whole lot. Let us practice doing that more. Though there are still no guarantees (since we are not perfect) but it is a start, and you may be surprised how much it helps. Our faith journey is both spiritual and practical. Let us start to practice doing the right things by God’s grace.
Let us pray: Lord, please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Help me Lord to make better choices on my faith journey. Help me to realize that by your grace and mercy I can overcome every temptation in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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