Posts tagged sin
Did The Devil Make Me Do It?

I once had a horrifying dream about a lion prowling around my neighborhood, crashing through people’s doors and dragging them out into the street.  Fun times! Needless to say, I didn’t sleep anymore that night. But it reminded me all too vividly of a verse in the Bible:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8

Now we’re going to talk about a topic no one likes. Sin. Because Satan doesn’t have the power to devour us unless we let him. And the way we let him is by giving into temptation and allowing sin to ruin us. So is it right to say ‘The Devil made me do it?’

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"That Won't Happen To Me" and Other Lies

“Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of Jordan was well watered, like the garden of  the  LORD,  like  the  land  of  Egypt,  toward  Zoar.  (This  was  before  the  LORD  destroyed Sodom  and  Gomorrah.)  So  Lot  chose  for  himself  the  whole  plain  of  Jordan  and  set  out toward the east. The two men parted company. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Genesis 13: 10-12 

What were your thoughts as you read that snippet of Lot’s life? Did you want to shout, “Don’t do it, Lot! Turn around! Go back to your uncle!”? Or, did you think, “Well, it’s dangerous to be around that much temptation but if he’s careful...” Maybe, like me, you read that short passage with a self-assured air, “I can  see  how  Lot  was  drawn in,  but  that  wouldn’t  happen  to  me.  Besides,  didn’t  Jesus  say  something about letting your light shine?”  

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