Posted by: missionventureministries | January 24, 2019

SIN GIVES BIRTH TO DEATH – James 1:14-15

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15) 

Satan knows our individual weaknesses and tempts us accordingly. Many Christians fall into sin through pride, covetousness, compromise or laziness.

So let us understand what sin is. It is the transgression of God’s commandments which separates us from God.

God has given His Commandments for the good of men. They are the instructions by which men must conduct themselves, in order that we might live in peace and orderliness, and remain in communion with Him. Sin is the violation of God’s law, the break-up of order, the disruption of peace, and the interruption of communion with our Creator.

No man is the same after sinning as he was before. The sin may be forgiven, but the scar remains on his soul.

First, sin blinds. We are commanded to grow in Christ, adding to our initial faith the attributes of virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). Otherwise, “whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins,” (2 Peter 1:9). 

Sin binds, it may not be with chains, as it did with Samson, but unconfessed sin quickly enslaves those who practice being sinful; because, “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them” (2 Peter 2:19). 

When we look at the life of Samson, he did return to God again before his death, but he was still blind, and bound, and grinding. “But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” (Judges 16:21) 

God forgives, but the effects of sin are not easily removed. How much better it would be if we never yielded to the temptation at all.  

The sad end of mighty Samson, who once had been so greatly utilized by the Lord, is also a grave warning to every Christian.

James says that “each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (1:14). If we associate this with fishing, this is what takes place. The fish sees the bait and is lured toward it, thinking that he will get a free lunch. Instead, he gets hooked and becomes the meal. The temptation to sin is like that. We think that sin will satisfy us and get us something good that we want; but instead, it hooks us and leads us to destruction.

In the beginning, temptation promises excitement. “This will be fun! This will meet my needs. This will get what I have been looking for. It can’t hurt I’ll try it!”

Temptation never comes with flashing lights of warning, “Would you like to destroy yourself and your family? Would you like to dishonor the name of your God?” If you take the bait, you’re on the course that leads to death.

There is always that deceptive element to temptation that is strengthened by the powerful emotions involved. As believers, we are not to live by our feelings, but by faith and obedience, based on the knowledge of God’s word. We need to follow it, no matter how strongly our feelings pull us in a different direction.

Remember, to overcome temptation, it is important to realize that although the initial thought that leads us to sin stems from sinful flesh, it is not sin unless we pursue it. Instead we are to yield ourselves as “instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:12-13); and since we are “risen with Christ,” we are to “mortify” the fleshly appetites, “put off” emotional outbursts that reflect an ungodly nature, and “put on” godly attributes so that whatsoever we do is done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:1-17).

If we do not repent and get back on the path of righteousness, it may indicate that we never were truly saved. This might sound harsh but Jesus told the parable of the sower where the seed is “the word of the kingdom.” The stony ground pictures a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed; and the seed has no firm root; he believes for a while, and in time of temptation falls away.

The point here is that, a man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart. Therefore, someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it.

Please remember that: “God will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:6-8).

If you desire to call people to humble, holy living that honors God, you will be resented and even hated. Jesus warned His true followers that: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9).

And the verdict is that: “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God” (John 3:19-21).

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