Knowing it’s wrong makes it even more tempting

16 02 2011

Don’t you remember how it was? I do, perfectly well. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel.” (Romans 7:81-2, MSG)


Do you ever wonder why the more you try to not think about something, the more you think about it? Like if you are hungry it seems like everyone around you has food, or if you want to get married and everyone seems to be engaged, or if you buy a new car and all of a sudden everyone seems to be driving the same one!


When we begin to truly follow God, this is the same thing that happens. We don’t want to sin, we actually want to not sin as much as possible, but then something happens. It seems more tempting than it was before. It seems seems like everyone is doing it and no one gets in trouble. It can’t be that bad right? Sin is tricky and so is the devil. This is the basis for spiritual warfare.


The harder we try to follow God, the more the devil tempts us, the more sin looks enticing, the more we want to see if maybe we can get away with it too. Whenever there are rules we want to break them. To cross the line. It’s in our nature. But this doesn’t make God’s word bad, and it doesn’t make us bad.


God’s word is good. It is steadfast, consistent, unerring. Each command is sane and holy counsel. If we desire God with only our mind, just wanting to follow the rules to not “get in trouble.” It makes sin even more tempting. We try to push the envelope. But below behavioral choices, below our thoughts, below it all lies our heart. When we set our heart to follow Jesus, when we truly believe that God’s purposes have our best interest in mind, it becomes a lot easier to follow the rules, not just for our sake, but for His. He will be glorified as we exalt Him and continue to strive towards a sin-free life. We are not perfect. We will mess up. And there is grace, freely given. So set your heart on things above and do not be deterred by the lies of the devil.


In His love,






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