LET NOT SIN HAVE DOMINION OVER ME
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. —Psalm 141:3-4
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. —I Corinthians 10:13
Temptations will come! They are common to man in this fallen world and when they come we need not think we are the only ones that experience them. Oh, that we would not be drawn to evil to take part in what the lost world does. God is faithful at all times and when we are tempted it is not a temptation that we cannot bear. He will not let us be tempted beyond what we are able to endure and provides a way out. There is always a way out at the moment we are tempted. Unfortunately we do not always take the way of escape away from temptation and sin.
The longer we know the Lord Jesus the greater sorrow when we sin against Him. When we sin against Him let us run right to Him and confess our trespass. He already knows and wants us to acknowledge to Him that we have sinned so we can be forgiven and stay in fellowship with Him. Don’t allow unconfessed sin to keep you from the only One who loves you perfectly and as our Great High Priest understands when we are tempted—- “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). Hear that? Jesus empathizes with us! He understands us, identifies with us and has compassion toward us. When we are tempted “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” and when we sin, let us also be quick to go to the throne of grace to confess— “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us” (I John 1:8-10). Confess and turn from sin, stay in fellowship with Him. So be it!
Oh Father, may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus Your Son and my Lord.