Let us reason today. Have you ever been repeatedly overtaken by a fault? You find that you keep falling prey to that one thing? How do you handle it? Many of us try to ‘play hero’ or believe that we can trust ourselves enough to walk the same path each day and not fall into the ditch. But let me reaffirm, we cannot keep doing the same things and expect different results. We can’t keep trying to cross roaring waters knowing well that we can’t swim. Change your strategy, take a different route; detour!
Ephesians 4:27 urges us to give no opportunity to the devil. Let’s not be naive, we know our strengths and our weaknesses. Thus, if you’re not strong enough to keep someone’s purse, do not take up the request to do so. It is good that one would hope that they’re strong enough to handle something that once caused them to fall, but the good Lord has given us wisdom, let us use it. Give no opportunity to the devil. Let us not put ourselves in the very position that has caused us to sin against God before. It is highly likely that it will happen again. Brothers, sisters, if Tamalcia had said something that offended you, and you are well aware that you haven’t dealt with it in prayer yet, it is best to avoid Tamalcia until you’re able to speak to her with love. Jamaicans often say “mi just a wait fi she seh sumn to me mek mi done har!” (I’m just waiting for her to speak to me so I can cuss her out). No! This is not the way to go. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Please note however, this avoidance period should be time for you to pray and be delivered from the offense, do not let this grow into malice.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 warns “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Are we too proud to flee? Are we going to carry ourselves into situations to seem strong or perfect in the sight of others? Often times it’s not our intent when we’re overtaken by faults, it’s just we refuse to use wisdom. Sister, if you’re attracted to the young man, don’t have bible studies in bed. Brother! If you know that you like the sister, counsel her at church, not at your home. Brethren remember this, the bible says the enemy goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8)! He needs only to see a crack in the surface for him to begin working. Let us not care about what people will say, walk wide! Stay far! Ephesians 5:15 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 urges, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Even if you’re unsure, It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have even the slightest thought in the back of your mind that something might happen, stay away. Listen, be so cautious that if you know of an instance by hearsay where somebody else was overtaken, you dodge. Galatians 6:1 warns us, it says “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Hmmph, let us never think that what happened to Bro. Augustus cannot happen to us. Additionally, sometimes we overlook the very things that are set to prevail against us because we’re not watchful. Let’s not be too nonchalant in our walk but be sober and vigilant (1 Pet 5:8). The word vigilant there means to keep careful watch for possible danger; to be keen eyed. Open your eyes people of God and be not ignorant of the enemy’s schemes.
Saints, people of Zion, let’s not be ignorant and unwise. There’s no way we can stand in ant’s nest and not be bitten. We are not modern day Daniels, do not venture into lion’s dens and expect to not be ripped to shreds. Be ye careful! Instead let us be like Joseph who fled from the hands of Potiphar’s wife. Declare today that the cycle is broken! Decree that you will not fall at the hand of stealing, lying, gossip, covetousness, fornication or any other thing that has been plaguing you. Proclaim in the name of Jesus that is it finished!
Regards, Tamalcia J.
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