Posts Tagged ‘Temptation’

11th January
2011
written by Cullen Webb

Over the past couple days I have been evaluating the immorality of both the Nation and individual lives.   Pondering where it comes from, and why it is so rampant in our country today in comparison with previous decades.  I’m no theologian but I came up with an answer that has satisfied me.

Our country does not have a lust problem.  Our country doesn’t have a racism problem.  Our problem isn’t hate, anger, greed, politicians, divorce, adultery,  hypocrisy, or false prophets.  Our evil outward appearance is only the result of an inward problem:  Jesus Christ deficiency.

Anytime that Jesus Christ ceases to be the cornerstone of society our natural tendencies to sin will corrupt what the devil doesn’t.

Put that into a personal perspective:  you do not lack self control so much as you lack Jesus Christ.  You are not angry so much as you are ignorant to the ways of God.  Do not waste your time chasing the vices of your life when you can simply and efficiently cut them down at the source.  You are a prayer away from complete and total submission.  No fancy tricks, no super Christian powers required, no televangelist needed to direct you.

How are we kept from our knees?  If God has provided a way out, and made it so simple to escape, then why have we not tapped this resource?  I’m not sure.  I imagine that it’s a mix of both the devil’s wise manipulation and our own lack of desire for holiness.

The point is summed up perfectly in my favorite verse:

James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

No submission, no resistance.

-Cullen Webb

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