James 1:13-14 AMP
This Scripture has been on my mind for a couple of days especially the second half of it, “But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions)”. I had also been reflecting on something I had read on another blog.
Basically, temptations draws away, entices and baits. It’s not by accident that the person who wants recovery ends up relapsing when they start hanging out with people who are using. You put yourself there. It’s not a mystery why the person who wants to quit smoking begins again after they go into the smoke shop to buy gum. You put yourself there. It’s not by accident that the separated person calls and wants you to meet her at her hotel room at 11pm at night. Before you go your lust already has taken over.
I believe that temptations will always be somewhere but in order for them to have no power one has to be honest with oneself and set yourself up to not get caught in a web of deceit. It’s so easy to go with the flow and feel good. It’s so easy to slide into temptation when you’re not being honest with yourself.
What works is knowing yourself before your ‘own evil desire’ has a chance to strike. Set up your life by making decisions that reflect what you believe God’s will is for you. What you believe honors your spiritual life.
Would be temptations have no control of you unless you set yourself up to give in.
Peace & Blessings,