Today’s scripture: James 1:13-16
For reasons beyond my comprehension, God has allowed evil to exist since Adam
and Eve. And He’s allowed this continual battle between those who follow Him
and the “spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Eph. 6:12).
He Himself does not tempt us. Rather, we allow circumstances or other people to
infiltrate our hearts and minds. We make poor choices. We listen to the voice
of the enemy.
when we open ourselves to those things not of God, we are enveloped by sin. And
unrepentant sin leads to death—eternal separation from God.
spent many years with my back turned firmly away from God. I let myself think
that, because I’d been abused and hurt as a child, I had an excuse. If God
allowed these things to happen, I thought, then I would make my own decisions,
chart my own course.
wasn’t until I realized that I was indeed in a battle, and I was letting the
enemy win, that I came back to the One who will be ultimately victorious.
let the enemy win. If you’re struggling with sin, turn it over to the Lord. Ask
Him to forgive you and to help you overcome whatever temptation the enemy of
your soul sends.
not be deceived, my friend.