When we are in the world our flesh is more easily given into lustful thoughts for another. Though we may be married, what is happening inside our heart can seem more important than even our spouse, in that moment. This is when even the littlest sin can rapidly grow over seconds until we are in the act of adultery through that person or through pornography. We have been commanded to not covet for what is not ours. However, there is a fight within everyone that is living in the world, for our flesh is made weak. In these circumstances we do not have what the flesh desires because God is not with us. When our heart is far from God our desires are their also. In these moments our prayers are more for our own pleasures. James taught, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” There is only one escape for this wicked lifestyle and that is Jesus. Leave the world behind and follow Him. For “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Humility Cures Worldliness.” For a humble heart will seek God and submit themselves to Him.
I am thankful that God can take me out of temptation. Even when my flesh feels so weak inside I know there is a way out. I know that if I turn away from my sin and give way to God I will find peace. My safety net is in the Bible. The very moment I start reading God’s Word all my temptations are over. I am made strong in my faith once again. What I’ve learned is if I surround myself with things that are worldly I will be weak but if I choose God I am made strong. Choosing appropriate TV shows to watch that don’t contain nudity, swearing or killing scenes always help. Watching those types of shows only makes me feel like God is far from me and my flesh gets weak. I pray that you turn off what is causing your distractions from God. Flee the devil for He knows when we are weak and will use these moments for his pleasure. Know that the longer you let the temptation sit in your heart the more likely you will give into it. James taught, “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” I know that God will help you escape temptation if you turn away from it and follow Him. I am grateful to know such a just God. Thank You for Lord for taking me back though I don’t deserve it. I love You.
James 4:1-8 (NKJV)
1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.