Some of you are predisposed to alcohol.
Some, to gossip.
Some of you grapple with sexual addiction.
The Word of God tells us that we are born in sin, desperately in need of a Savior.
Psychology is telling us the same “part one” of that sentence: some are born predisposed to certain thoughts, feelings, longings. Only, they won’t call it sin. And they won’t tell you that you need a Savior.
Because psychology, by it’s nature, is humanistic.
Meaning, it operates from a premise that we’re basically good, what we feel is basically good, and needs to be nurtured.
The Word tells us that the One Who created us, delicately formed into each of our hearts two critical things. First, a need to be in fellowship with our Creator.
Second, the ability to choose for ourselves if we will respect him, or deny Him and try to become our own god, our own creator. The designer of our own destiny.
Short term satisfaction and prideful gratification only advances the disease of sin within us. And make no mistake: it will kill us, if we let it.
Humanistic psychology says “I was born this way, I cannot change.”
Those redeemed by Calvary say “I was born in sin, and can be set free by the Cross of Christ.”
Does that mean that all temptation will be gone?
Not until you see Jesus face to face.
We’re told quite clearly from Genesis (“…Sin is crouching at your door; it’s desire is to have you, but you must rule over it.” Chapter 4) to Revelation (“..woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short..” Chapter 12.) that temptations will come as long as we are on the earth.
It is up to us to decide if we believe the world (you’ll never be able to conquer it) or the Word (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”).
And, remember, Jesus was tempted in every way just as we are, yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
The Lover of your soul understands the pull of those things that would destroy Him, and you. He knows, He cares, He understands……and gives the power to say ‘no’ to the sin that is crouching, taunting, desiring to destroy.
There may not be complete freedom from the temptation, the pull, the longing, the original sin that crouches and seeks to destroy.
There can, however, be victory through, a conquering over, a winner in the battle that is you – hidden in the loving, grace-filled, compassionate arms of the Savior who understands.
He has conquered the pull of every single sin your enemy could ever throw at you.
Fellowship with your Creator, and victory through every battle is yours.
If you truly want it…