“Everyone sins, at least a little bit.”
“No one’s perfect, you know.”
Guess what? Both of those comments are cop outs. The only thing they do is help the sinner justify their actions in their own mind.
They do not agree with God’s Word.
Sure, people sin. I do, and probably you do, as well. But to act as though it’s no big deal is to deny God’s work on the cross, and the power of grace.
According to God’s word, we don’t have to sin!
And He’s told us how to keep from it.
There are a number of scriptures dealing with listening to and obeying God’s voice, being careful about who we hang out with, putting to death the old man, submitting to the Lordship of Jesus, and things like that.
But I’d like to focus on two scriptures, and two things to consider. I believe these two things will help you and I walk before God and fulfill His word as recorded in 1 Peter, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)
The first thing to consider is this: Look around you, stay alert, constantly vigilant. Where could the enemy be hiding? In your thoughts, motivations, actions? Why are you typing in that particular word on google search? Why are you driving on THAT street?
Where could the enemy be hiding? What’s his plan? What are the weak, unprotected areas in your life?
The second thing is this: If and when you’re attacked, what’s your plan of escape?
Since God is faithful and will always provide the way of escape, why not look ahead a bit and be prepared?
Where’s the door? The telephone to use for help? Fire extinguisher?
Have you practiced saying, “No!”? Sometimes that’s the way of escape. Other times, it may be simply leaving the area, starting a different conversation, or turning off the television or computer.
But if your desire is to “sin not” (1 John 2:1), it would be a great idea if you started practicing those two things; watching for the enemy, and planning your escape route BEFORE you need it.
I’ve written several books to help us in our walks as followers of Christ. “Picked Off”, “Arm Yourselves”, “Beating Back the Bully”, and a brand new one called, “30 Days to a Renewed Mind”. All are available at amazon.com. Or if you are in the Des Moines area, we have copies for sale.
We don’t have to sin. Even as a believer, saved by grace through faith, sin carries with it a deadly cost. Each time we disobey God we run the risk of making our heart more and more hardened to the things of God.
Let’s make up our minds and set our jaws! We don’t have to sin!
So, in the Name of Jesus, let’s be doers of the word; not hearers only. (James 1:22)