I Sin Because I Want To – So Do You

“How dare you say that, Jack!”

I dare say it because that is what the Word of God declares.

We are all tempted. Not the same way, but we all battle temptation.

“Well, I don’t, Jack.” Cool. That means you are (1) dead; or (2) not a genuine Christ-follower.

But for those who follow Christ, we don’t sin because of weakness, or because we ‘run with the wrong crowd,’ or any other excuse.

We sin because we don’t RUN!

 “No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corin 10.13

“No temptation” probably means “no temptation.”

My struggle, your struggle, is not unique. It is “common to humanity.”

Regardless of our faithfulness, “God is faithful.”

And He will…always…”provide the way out” or, as another translation puts it, “provide an avenue of escape.”

Let the Word say what it says.

When tempted, don’t whine; look for the “way out” and take it.

Flee! Don’t try to duke it out.

Run! Don’t try to figure out how close you can get without falling.

And when you do sin, run to First John One Nine and agree with God that you have sinned. (that’s what ‘confess’ means). No excuses. No “but everybody does it.” No ‘justification.’ Own it, confess it, repent of it, and move on.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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