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Written by Steve for “The True Light” @ https://thetruelight2014.wordpress.com
Original post @ https://thetruelight2014.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/james-47-8/
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
When we are tempted to sin, we always have two choices. We can give in, or we can turn away and resist the temptation…
Some Christians may think “oh I can do this now because I know I have the Lord’s grace. I’ll just be sorry later and ask God to forgive me.” If this is the attitude we have, we have missed the point of our blessing of grace, and our prayer for forgiveness will be in vain. This mindset simply tells us that the worldly things still rule in our hearts, and we need to turn away from them immediately!
Satan is a very sly and awful monster. He knows our weaknesses and will try all of them against us. His mission while here among us is to try to destroy all the goodness which Christ Jesus has done. He doesn’t care about us at all. He just wants to take us to hell with him on that final day of Judgment, (1 Peter 5:8.)
This is quite different from the goal which our Lord has in mind for us. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to the obedience of Christ, (2 Peter 3:9). Sadly, there will be many who will disappoint God on that final day, to say nothing of their own surprise, as scripture tells us…(read Mathew 7:13-14).
Our main goal in this life is to go to heaven. This takes a drive and desire to defeat sin in our lives, and the Lord is willing to help us do that. As our text scripture states…”draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” A companion verse to this is found in (Ephesians 6:13) where we read:
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…”
As we go about our daily lives, then, let us keep this thought in mind. Our citizenship is in heaven. This world is for us to enjoy through the love, hope, and grace of what the Lord approves and encourages us in. Love the Lord God first and completely, above all things, and love others as we love ourselves.
And when temptation comes our way, and it will, remember the Lord and how displeasing it is to Him if we fall to it! Despite our very best efforts, at times we will sin no matter how hard we try to resist. But if this is the case, then we can repent and turn away, asking for forgiveness and receive God’s grace.
The difference here is the condition of our heart. If we are trying to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, and walk in His Light, we can have grace through the blood of Christ, (1 John 1:7). If we seek to satisfy ourselves first and then ask for forgiveness later, we are looking to “serve two masters,” ourselves and God. That just won’t work.
Let us keep our eyes and hearts on the things above when we are tempted to sin and turn away from the moment!