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How to resist the temptation to sin

August 11, 2011

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her.

2 Samuel 11:2-4

A number of years ago, a young man serving in ministry was in my office. He was talented, handsome, and he began to tell me the story about how he had committed adultery against his wife. He was a pastor at a very good church and had a very strong ministry. But because of his adultery and his immorality, he resigned from his position.

When I spoke to him about his sin he told me, “You know, the moment came when I pulled down the barriers. And in casual conversation there was friendship, there was attraction, and there was the lure. That eventually turned to the long look, and then to lust.”

He said, “So I finally told her how I felt about her. And when I told her, she told me that she felt the same about me.” And he said, “The moment that happened, the moment we pulled the curtain open was the moment that the sin began.”

So many believers don’t realize how susceptible they are to falling into sin. And I think many Christians are set up for a fall because they say, “Anything but that. Anyone but me!”

The Bible says that pride comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18). And there’s no sin that a Christian could not commit if his or her eyes are taken off Jesus Christ. So when it comes to temptation in your life, keep your eyes on Christ and you’ll be able to resist temptation at every turn.


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