“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21 (NIV)
Whom or whom or what is the ruling force in our life? It matters. We, or anything else but God, were never meant to be on the “throne” of our lives. That position is for God alone and He does not share it with anything or anyone else. When we allow this to happen by our own poor choices it will most assuredly wreak much havoc. Not only with us, but with everyone else in our spheres of influence – and usually the ones we love the most. Sin’s tentacles are far reaching and devastating that is why God is so insistent that we flee from temptation – and fast. If we don’t want to get burned, we will stay away from the fire. Also, if we desire to make a God glorifying difference with our life and be a godly example in our spheres of influence, we must allow God His rightful place on the throne of our lives.
God did not intend for us to simply sing the Doxology rather to live it through our words and deeds. If we desire to avoid temptation, we must do the difficult task of seeking to know our own hearts and, BTW, the Prophet Jeremiah tells us that our hearts are deceitful above all things and they will often misguide us. Know your temperament – your natural weaknesses and leanings – and do not dabble there. Rather, be like Joseph with Potiphar’s wife and flee, leaving behind your cloak (worldly goods) if necessary. Better to lose a worldly trinket than a sterling reputation.
Believers are to be keeping a careful distance from every occasion of sin. Where corruption is strong, grace is weak, Amen? Sadly, some seek to justify or conceal or excuse the evils in their hearts instead of seeking to crucify them. Pray against entering into temptation. When we do so we are entering into a powerful allurement. Trust me here, there is always wreckage in our poor choices as every sin carries with it a death sentence. It is a death to something, be it love, trust, friendship or whatever. The effects of sin are always costly and the wreckage is painful. Ask King David when you get to heaven or simply read God’s Word on the incident. Always play the sin all the way out before you go down that road of destruction to see if you are willing to accept the inevitable consequences. Nothing is sadder than a wasted life.
“When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!” Romans 6:20-21 (NIV)