Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:12-15)
The fundamental truth about sin is that it is completely voluntary on the part of the participant. No one has ever been forced to commit sin. Satan did not force Eve to take of the forbidden fruit. He suggested an alternative plan with a subtle lie that caused the woman to look at the fruit as something to desire and to enjoy. Her taking of the fruit was a choice solely made from selfish motives to fulfill an inner desire. It is easy to blame sin on others, environment or social norms but the truth about sin is abundantly clear that every time man sins it is because he is making a moral choice to disobey the will of God so that he can enjoy a moments reckless folly. Temptation is the lure of sin. It does not come immediately. There is a process that sin takes every time the road is traveled by a weak spirit. Sin begins in the heart of desire. The soul of man is filled with a longing, thirst and hunger for something that seems impossible to avoid. There wells up in the manna of evil a deep need for fulfillment and an enticing spirit envelopes the will of man to turn his face toward a forbidden fruit with great intensity. Sin has not been committed yet. Temptation desired and enticed has not born the fruit of rebellion but it is quickly moving in that direction. Allowing the thirst to go unquenched and the hunger to go unfed leads the mind to have a greater desire to taste the forbidden fruit. Without removing the desire, evil is conceived in the heart and sin is born. Allowing sin to grow more and more brings about death. Such is the fate of all men that struggle with the power of sin.
Satan wants man to believe that he is helpless in the face of temptation. If the devil can convince someone that sin is inevitable and expected, the soul will fall quickly under the sway of the evil one. The Holy Spirit declares that sin does not have to have dominion over the heart of the righteous. Using the analogy of the process of birth, the Holy Spirit suggests sin begins as a desire that must be cultivated to bring about sin. Sin begins with temptation. From the heart of temptation desire is increased. Enticed to continue, sin conceives a seed of rebellion to the will of the Father. There is a time the seed grows and will give birth to sin. If left unchecked, sin will grow fully and kill the heart. What the Holy Spirit wants the child of God to know (and Satan does not want the child of God to know) is that if there is spiritual abortion prior to birth sin will not kill the soul. Spiritual abortion is killing the desire before it can grow. If desire is enticed and conceives there is still time to abort the temptation and stop the soul from sinning. Allowing desire to conceive and grow fully to maturity sin will give birth to actions that will harm the soul of man. When David saw Bathsheba for the first time he had not sinned. He was tempted when he saw her bathing on the roof top but he could have aborted his feelings quickly and turn away. He allowed her image to grow in his mind and his desire for her moved him to have her brought to his house. Again he could have stopped the process and sent her back home. Sadly, sin came with David and Bathsheba because it was never aborted and gave birth to sin and death. Such is the nature of sin in all men.
Sin can be stopped. Knowing the process of sin will help build a wall of courage to stop the desires from growing into something that will bring about sorrow, sadness and regret. An old saying said that allowing the bird to land on the head was not the sin but allowing the bird to build a nest is where the trouble comes from. Sin can be aborted and must be aborted if the heart is courageous enough to admit it is knocking at the door of the heart. Do not open the door and sin will not come in. Paul reminded the Corinthian saints that God will not allow man to be tempted beyond what he is able to endure. In other words God offers another door instead of sin and we have but to choose the right door. Sin always – underline always – comes first with a choice. God does not tempt man with evil. Satan tempts man with his wicked ways and pernicious thoughts. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Man can stop sin if he recognizes the value of spiritual abortion. The devil has convinced too many of God’s people that sin is normal – it is not normal! Each man is tempted when HE is drawn away. There can be no blame on society, birth, parents, or even God. Every man will give account of his own sins because his sins are his own. Armed with the knowledge that sin can be stopped the saint can live a life less hampered by the shackles of sin. You can stop sin. By God’s grace there is nothing sin can do in the life of those who draw closer to the Father and live deeper in the Spirit of God and walk holy in the steps of Jesus. Sin will not have dominion. Period.