Why Do I Keep Doing This?

February 8, 2015

Building Faith


“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. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren” (James 1:13-16, NKJV).

Sin ultimately comes because we want it. Well, truthfully we might not want to sin, but we want the results we think sin will bring us. And that’s a key phrase,  “we think”. Though God says,  “Don’t do this” we hear Satan say, “But if you do,  look at what you’ll get!”

We convince ourselves that it’s not so bad, or that we have no choice. We convince ourselves we’ll get away with it.

Desire is not wrong in itself. God created us with desires. But they can become distorted because of misinformation. Our desire to please God might lead us to improper worship. Our desire to preserve or own lives may lead to lies and deceit.

The reason is not that the desire is sin, but that the information we act upon is improper. My desire to please God is good. If I act upon the right information or ideas, I practice righteousness. If I act upon the wrong info, I sin. The information and ideas are the key differences between sin and righteousness.

The next time you notice sin in your life, take the time to find out why you did it. What did you hope to gain? What ideas or information was wrong that led you to the sin? And how can you change your thinking to choose righteousness next time?

Choosing righteousness takes practice. It starts with putting the right ideas in your mind. Romans 12:2 tells us that “renewing” our mind is the key to transformation. Stay putting God’s word in your mind and use it to help you avoid sin.

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About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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