THE SEED OF PRIDE

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death”.

 

Satan can’t make people sin, he doesn’t have that power. What he does, is plant seeds according to the inclinations that each person has. The devil’s  traps are meant to attract, but sin only becomes sin when we give in to temptation, depending on our character and individual desires.

 

The source of temptation comes from our own human nature. No one is exempt from the risk of falling in faith, because everyone experiences demonic suggestions of some kind or another- men, women, poor, rich, well educated, illiterate, young, elderly…

Whoever is not constantly watching himself is persuaded by his flesh to go against the word of God in the area where he is most vulnerable.

 

When we give in to our own desires it’s because we’re focusing on pleasing ourselves. The problem is that we always want more, to the point where sin wins out and completely separates us from God. If there’s one thing that needs to be a part of every Christian’s life, it’s the continual surrender of ourselves. Though our own thoughts, desires and inclinations appear small and harmless, they are sure to make us fall spiritually , if we feed them.

 

We can say that lust, or fleshly desires, is the mother of all sin because that’s what “ impregnates” us with sin. And once sin comes in and grows inside of us, it possesses our minds, our hearts and our bodies, causing our spiritual death.

 

 

( from the book WINNING OUR BATTLES BY FAITH )

 

 

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