James 1: 12-15 KJV
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Sometimes i sit back and look back over my life and look at how I easily fell into temptations. It was just as my momma sitting a plate of cookies on the table and telling me not to eat one, and as soon as she turned her back, I-ate-one. Seriously!
Some of us are just like that now and we call ourselves blessed and highly favored. But as soon as opportunity possesses something we jump head first into it. In this season I am praying for true conviction to set in the hearts of God's people. Many of us are walking around here as the ‘walking dead” and don’t even realize it, and true enough we are all tempted, but it’s the will power that we all should have that keeps us from giving in. so we have different groups of people
1. They don't know any better
2. They just don’t care
3. And you have the "I'm-a-saved Christian-i can-do-what-I-want-and-ask-for-forgiveness-afterwards"
Now what i mean by those that don't know any better are those people who may have some kind of mentally defect about them that affects their thinking. And the select few boundaries that God's word has not reached. Not my sister or brother that says "i wasn't raised in the church." well my friend after you got grown and on your on, it then became your choice to get to know God. It wasn't mamma and daddy fault. IT IS YOUR FAULT!
So! Now you have the,” just don't care” bunch, the ones who say they don't care about life or they are just living it up, most people like this don't believe in God, heaven, and hell. So they live their lives to the fullest in complete sin. And most of the time if you ask them "why did you do this and that", their answer will be: AND! SO WHAT, WHO CARES!"
Now to the I’m-a-saved Christian-i can-do-what-I-want-and-ask-for-forgiveness-afterwards, almost half of the Christians I have come in contact with have this mind set. They live their lives thinking they will die at an old ripe age and then they will ask for their salvation on their death bed. Or they think that they can do whatever and after they are done, they fall on their knees and ask God to forgive them. SMH!! I used to think this way, and it was my own stupidity to the word that i thought this way.
True enough God’s grace and mercy does not run out BECAUSE! He allows us to awaken to each day we open our eyes to, and too allow us to see a whole day through to the next. BUT! Here is an example, i will use myself, when i got shot in my shoulder back in 2007 outside the club, I knew better, without a shadow of a doubt. It was Gods mercy that kept me from bleeding to death while i lay unconscious on the side of the building, he didn’t have to do it but he did. Now another person was shot in the belly that night.
Now, say i died and the other person survived. Think about it, i knew better, i was proclaiming to be a born again Christian; i was not even trying to do the work that God called me to do, but yet I was out drinking and clubbing. So if he let me be taken out in my mess, and other person survived doesn't mean that God took his grace and mercy from me. It simply meant that we don't know our own time on this earth and that’s why we should live every day in the fullness of God, because his word states:
17}For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 Now, If the righteous one is scarcely saved,Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”[
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1st Peter 4:1NKJV
We as the saints are barely getting in to heaven, and we will make our paths to get there even harder if we continue to live any kind of way and living in sin. I have seen many peers be taken out right in their mess. There was no time for them to call on God. I am so thankful that I was not that person on my way to hell the night I got shot. People you can’t keep on living in sin and think you have all the time in the world to change your life because each of us has our own life span, and we need to start focusing on what God has called us to do and living for him and not ourselves.
So, first make up in your own mind that you are ready for change and to live for God. Then ask him to deliver you from whatever it is that will keep you from your salvation, remember;
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6-23 KJV
I can speak on this because of where i come from because i was that person that would say i will just ask for forgiveness, I would club, drink, smoke, cursing, shacking up, being a whore. I done it all and i am so thankful that true conviction set in and i got true deliverance. So people let’s get saved for real and turn away from temptations and sin!