HomeWord - Aug. 23, 2007
Viruses and Worms
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
“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 conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death.” James 1:13-15
My computer died. One moment it was on and working fine, and the next moment nothing. A blank screen sat before me as I tried pushing every button and unplugged and re-plugged cords and cables. In the end, it seems that viruses and worms had taken hold and woven their way through the walls and chips of my computer, leaving it utterly useless.
After spending hours and months making phone calls to the manufacturer, my computer was finally fixed. The Bible says sin is crouching at the door. Throughout the Bible sin is not an inanimate object. It is personified and active. Sin seeks us out and waits for us to make a wrong move or decision. It is not God who sends temptation, it is the evil in this world that waits and pounces when given the chance.
Once sin gets in, it is hard to control. It moves and weaves its way through your life until it feels unstoppable and out of control. Ultimately it is your choice to let sin into your life. It will lurk in the dark corners until the opportunity is given for it to take hold. It is sin that leads to death. As Christians we need to accept responsibility for the sin in our lives and ask God for forgiveness. As it says in Hebrews 12:1, sin can easily entangle us. Don’t become ensnared and stopped by sin.
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1. Why is it so much easier to blame someone else or God for allowing sin in your life?
2. What are ways that you can be active against allowing sin to enter your life?
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