Monday, September 05, 2005

Owning our decisions

I was just reading James 1 13-15

When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has concieved, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

This is such a powerful verse. It is very similar to 2 Peter 1:3 which says:

His divine power has given us everything that we need for life and godliness. through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

This verse talks about each person being individually responsible for thier own choices. I love how the word of God illuminates that. So often as Christians we use the excuse that..."the devil made me do it", but this verse shows us that it is not the devil that makes us sin, it is our evil desire choosing to sin.

As we read in 2 Peter, God's divine power has already given you and I everything that we need for life and godliness......EVERYTHING. Notice that it doesn't say God will give you most things but lust, habitual lying, laziness, or whatever it is that we deal with. It says that Gods divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. This shoud put a whole new light on when we choose to sin. We are choosing, not being compelled, not being pursuaded, we are choosing with our own evil desire to follow after the desires of our flesh. May we learn in full the word of God so that we can walk honestly with God and each other.... And own our choices.

2 comments:

Benjamin said...

Ah, the sacred cow is in the slaughter house. "Why would I want to follow a God that sends people to Hell?" Yet, we are the sealer of the bonds that drag us to eternal damnation, unless we turn to Christ.

"The LORD has sent all His servants the prophets unto you, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened. They said, 'Repent now every one from his evil way, from your evil doings'...Behold, their ear is uncirmcumcised, and they cannot listen. The word of the Lord is a reproach to them..." (Jer. 25:4,5; 6:10)

Forgive the lengthy quote, but it sums up our major problem: We don't listen. He says in Jer. 33:3 to call and He will speak of unfathomable wonders. He's like a dad desperate to gain the affection of His children. May we be accountable and loving to our Lord. Take care, my friend. Keep on pressing towards the high calling of Christ.
Your brother,
Ben

carebear said...

so are you going to blog anytime soon?
miss hearing the truth you bring.....