The Flesh Is Weak
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
This is a verse we here referred to often when there are certain things people suggest someone shouldn’t do. We won’t have to worry about someone thinking something bad if we adhere closer to what this verse says. It’s a good verse to put into practice not just because God’s Word says so, but it can also keep us from possibly falling deeper into sin than we intend to go. Very rarely do we hear of someone who’s fallen into sin start off with those intentions. Too often it starts as something small and leads them down a path they didn’t intend to go. Why? At times we can think higher of ourselves than we should. We think we can handle situations when the Bible tells us otherwise.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
We don’t know what we are capable of in certain situations. We should have certain convictions in our lives to help keep us from being tempted in sin. There are some serious things that we can get ourselves in trouble with if we just “dabble” a little. If you’re concerned about watching something bad on tv maybe you need to set it up where you never watch tv alone. Someone with an addiction problem don’t need to be walking down the beer aisle. It doesn’t even have to be egregious sins. If I have a gluttony problem I don’t need to go to Golden Corral where I can eat all I want. If I have health issues I don’t need to be going down the cookie aisle and tempting myself. It could be a matter of you not downloading a game on your phone and becoming addicted to it and take away from your time with God. Do you have convictions in your life that can keep you from that appearance of evil? Do you have certain rules or parameters you’ve set for yourself to keep you from falling into a pit of sin? We should know certain weaknesses we have. We should have ways and seek Gods help also to keep those weaknesses from becoming our pitfalls.
God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson