began when Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit He specifically
commanded not to eat. When she and Adam ate of the fruit,
they immediately felt shame and they hid from God. So the
pattern begins. Sin changes people. Adam blamed Eve and Eve
blamed the serpent. Neither one of them took the blame. How
easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming someone else or
circumstances. But God knows the truth, and he holds each
of us responsible for what we do.
must realize that being tempted is not a sin. We have not
sinned until we give in to the temptation. To resist temptation,
we must first pray for strength to resist, second, run (sometimes
literally), and three, say no when confronted with what we
know is wrong.
Jesus was tempted by Satan 3 times, but did not give in to
the temptation. Read this and think how strong you need to
to resist temptation:
was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by
the devil. After fasting forty days and
nights, he was hungry. (1)
The tempter (Satan)
said "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones
to become bread." Jesus answered, "It
is written: 'Man
does not live
on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the
mouth of God.' (2) Then the devil took him to the
holy city and had
him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If
you are the Son of God, throw yourself down for
it is written (see how Satan mocks?):
'He will command his angels concerning you, and they
you up in their hands, so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.' Jesus answered hm, "It
is also written: 'Do not put the lord your God
to the test.' (3) Again, the devil took him to a very
high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world and their splendor. "All this I will give
he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus
said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is
'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' Then
the devil left Jesus, and angels came and attended
strong, my brothers and sisters in Christ!
is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has
stood the test, he will receive the crown
of life that God has promised to those who love Him. 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 1:12-15
said "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave
to sin." John 8:34
The penalty for sin is death.
"They have become filled with every kind of
wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy,
deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters,
insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing
evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless,
ruthless." Romans 1:29-31
to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature;
sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,
which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these:
rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Do not lie to each other...Colossians
hurts people - individuals, families, and whole societies.
are born with sin. "For all have sinned and have fallen short
of the glory of God." God knows we are going to sin. We must
recognize our sin, admit to God that we have sinned, ask
God to forgive our sin, and don't do that sin again.
here what Jesus teaches us about sin!