Tuesday, September 04, 2007

James 1:15

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Sin always leads to death.

No matter what lies your selfish desires tell you, sin will still always lead to death.

It started in the garden when man first sinned. God warned that man would "surely die" if he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One of my Bible professors told me once that phrase, "surely die" could be translated as, "dying you shall die."

When man sinned that first sin, he immediately became spiritually dead. Another immediate change was his physical body. He began to die physically. And if he did not repent and seek God in faith, that God is able to save him from these deaths, then man would eventually be sentenced to eternal death and judgment.

Your own sinful desires will tell you otherwise. Your lusts will tell you that the way to really live is through these various avenues of worldliness. Those selfish lusts will tell you that following after God and obeying His commands will be such a sad state of existence and that you will fall far short of the "living" that you could enjoy.

Jesus Christ says plainly, "I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE. No man comes to the Father, but by Me."

The decision then is an issue of faith. Will we walk in faith, believing that God's word is true? Will we trust that His way is better than ours? These are the decisions that we must make. The decisions that seem so plain when we are reading our Bibles or praying or typing a blog about the book of James... The answer seems so elusive when we are in the midst of our selfish temptations and the lies are coming at us full stream.

Prepare your minds today for the onslaught.

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