When temptation enters our hearts and minds, we either deal with it and gain mastery over it, or it eventually leads us to sinful actions. The time between the initial temptation and the chosen response is critical. Much hangs in the balance.
Temptations come at unexpected moments. Sinful thoughts may cross your mind. Selfish feelings may begin to invade your heart. The promptings of the Holy Spirit will warn you that God is not pleased with the direction of your thoughts and feelings are taking you. At that moment of conviction, you must master the sin that crouches at the door of your life. Sin destroys. Sin brings death. Sin is not something to toy with or take lightly. God’s Word to you is same warning He gave to Cain: Master the sin at the door of your life before it brings its inevitable and disastrous consequences. Heed this caution, and you will avoid unnecessary hardship for yourself and others.
- November 23, Experiencing God Daily Devotionals