And he said to man, The fear of the Lord ó that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding. Job 28:28
Of all our problems, one of the major culprits involves the decisions we make in response to our evil desires. While they may not appear to be harmful they are most devastating and damaging to our lives. I know someone that had several hundred dollars and a goal of fixing a vehicle in desperate need of repair. Arrangements were made to repair the vehicle, which took time and in the meantime they saw other things they wanted. By the time the repairs were made the money for repairs was spent on their amusement. Their goals went up in smoke but they were easily amused with what they purchased. While buying things for amusement wasnít a sin it certainly didnít help them reach their goals.
Having money in your pocket is good unless you havenít learned how to use it wisely. Unfortunately no one really learns how use money until they are in a financial crisis and being sued by their creditors while having trouble paying the bills. Most people live from paycheck to paycheck and every penny is budgeted to pay their creditors months before they see the paycheck. This encourages panic when losing their job.
Paying off your debts requires you to develop a budget, which is a basic plan to avoid spending extra money. At the same time, common sense suggests that you cut up your credit cards and learn how to spend your money within your means. If you follow this plan you will work yourself out of debt in time. Hopefully, the school of hard knocks teach you to avoid excessive debt in the future.
Why is that man must become desperately in need before they see a need to change how they live and learn to avoid the unpleasant circumstances of life in the future? The same can be said of our life in relationship to eternal life. For the most part the majority of people do not know that everyone has sinned and their sin will keep them from being welcomed into heaven. That creates a fatal problem with the outcome of where you spend eternity.
How do we change the way we live to avoid the lake of fire and have eternal life in heaven? God devised the plan of salvation so that a person separated from God by his sin may be restored to him as if he had never sinned. The plan of salvation first deals with the sin of man and then God gives man a plan to follow to keep them from falling back into sin.
The plan of salvation educates man with the knowledge of what sin is and what sin will do. One of the principles God teaches is sowing and reaping which says by doing good deeds good things will happen to you. At the same time the troublemaker is always in trouble because of what he does to other people. Like those plant corn pick corn from the stalk and those who sow evil and will harvest the fruit of the seed theyíve sown.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
Sin is a thief that comes to kill, steal and destroy your life. Therefore, everyone needs to know how to identify sin, learn the effects of sin to you and others and the way to avoid sin to keep your relationship in right order with God. In the same way you make a budget to control your spending you need a plan today to know what to do when sin crouches at your door. Cainís anger was brewing when God said to him.
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." Genesis 4:7
After being freed from our sin who wants to return to the slavery that enslaves us again. Committing any sin guarantees that you will reap the unpleasant effect of evil. Therefore, you may be sure that your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23) Prepare a plan that gives an advantage over sin that is combined with the knowledge of how sin affects you and gives an incentive to shun evil.
Shunning evil is like seeing the lion stalking for food and once you see the lion, shunning him is what you do to preserve your life. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:8-9). Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Like the person in the first paragraph their cravings for other things overwhelmed their plans to repair the car. In the same manner sin begins with our evil desires which is able to overcome doing anything that is right in Godís eye.
each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
In other words, have we transformed our mind to know the good and perfect will of God? Every decision is made in the mind and it is here that we have to take control of our actions by making every thought obedient to Christ? (2 Corinthians 10:5) God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear and he has provided you a way to stand your ground and fight the good fight of faith. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Shunning evil is our resistance to sin and the intimidating roaring of the devil by submitting to God who will make him flee from you. (James 4:7)
Indulging is sin may seem pleasant at the time but the consequences of you sin brings shame and death. However, indulging is sin is the outcome of an undisciplined mind that does not curb its evil desires. At the same time, letís consider that a record of your sins will be in Godís hand before you see him. What can you do or give in exchange for your life for all the sin you have indulged in, especially when God is more concerned about your moral character than in the luxuries and things you have