(Joshua 24:15) can be classified as one of the most decisive and powerful verses in the Word of God regarding whom we’re to choose to serve. It’s a choice that we must make ourselves; and there’s no middle ground either. First of all, we’re made by God Almighty to serve Him alone by committing our lives fully to Him along with His causes. Unfortunately, sin has made its way into the world as a result of men’s disobedience. This has tremendously impacted the whole serving process by producing various types of confusions and erroneous beliefs in people’s lives.
As Christians, one major aspect of our walk with the Lord is marked with the fact that we find ourselves in an ongoing conflict with the devil, sin, this evil world system, as well as our own carnal nature. With this in mind, temptation is really something that we have to be extremely cautious about because it ultimately leads people to sin.
From a biblical standpoint, temptation is based entirely on lies and deceptions of Satan. It’s something intended primarily to twist our viewpoints, our emotions, along with our feelings regarding things that are way off limit irrespective of how abhorrent they are to God. Although, temptation can be quite powerful and impulsive, but it’s not sufficient all by itself to drag us into sin without our own consent. That’s where we’re accountable to God regarding the poor choices that we’re making.
Sin is undoubtedly a serious problem that we as believers in Christ have to confront on an ongoing basis in order to maintain our relationship and our walk with the Lord. The truth is that nobody can have a genuine relationship with God while living a sinful life. Our relationship and fellowship with God is rested wholly on our reverence for Him by keeping His Word. Therefore, we can’t really have something that’s based on honoring God’s Word while living in such a way that dishonors that very same thing that must be honored.
As believer in Christ we can never underestimate the potential danger of temptation, even though it’s not actually a sin by itself. Nevertheless, it’s the greatest challenges that we have to deal with on a regular basis all throughout our walk with our Lord because it literally begins the process of sin.
All throughout scripture one of the major issues that God is telling us to be highly aware of is temptation. It’s something that we have to take very seriously because our choices when it comes right down to our responses to temptation will determine whether we’ll allow God to be in control of our lives or not. We have to truly understand that there is someone who is eagerly trying to win over our souls through the use of that particular means. Satan is the author of temptation; in other words, he is known as the tempter. In fact, temptation is the most powerful weapon that he has been using against humanity for thousands of years. His foremost objective with it is to lead and keep us away from God indefinitely through rebellion and sinful living.
It’s important for everyone to come to the realization that there is no hope for Satan, along with his demons after they were kicked out of heaven by God. He’s nothing more than a loser running around desperately in order to deceive as many people as he can. However, as humans, we have the awesome privilege of inheriting God’s Kingdom if we’re willing to accept Christ as our personal Savior, and enjoy all the many blessings He’ll bestow upon us by grace.
Disobedience or rebellion against God is a sinful act that the Bible has plenty to say about. In fact, we are in the huge mess we find ourselves in today because of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience. First, the Word of God defines sin as transgression of the law of God according to (1 John 3:4) along with rebellion against God according to (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Sin is based entirely on plain disobedience or rebellion. Disobedience is refusing to do what God has commanded, or doing what God has forbidden. With this in mind, Satan is the author of disobedience.
Satan is the author of immorality; therefore, it’s one of the most powerful weapons he has been using all throughout the history of mankind in order to rule over men by holding them captive. Immorality is also one of his greatest strengths in controlling people’s lives. In fact, people who are living immoral lives have no capability at all of resisting the devil because they’ve already belonged to him and are living under his influence. You can’t really resist someone while the current condition by which you choose to live your life regularly just positions you right under his dominion and control, which in turn makes you more and more prone to follow him.
We are living in a fallen world that’s getting worse and worse as the end approaches. Interestingly, many falsely believe by coming with certain initiatives they can somehow solve the problems of this world all on their own, but the conditions are worsening more and more. We are also surrounded by corruption, wickedness, and all kind of inconceivable sins.