Tempted to Touch

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I was once told that men fall because of power and money/wealth. I have also been told that not everyone is Holy because they are fleeing from sin, most are, because they have not found a good opportunity to sin. I don’t know how true that is.

One can be so talented, passionate for God, upright in the society, servant in the Kingdom, doing all the right things by God and by man, until they get wealthy or in power. We have examples in our society, people we look at and say ‘He was a very Godly man before he was elected’ or ‘He used to be very polite before he got money, now he is so cruel to people’ Do you have anyone in mind? Someone that is the complete opposite of who they were before fame, before wealth and before power? They forsook the precious relationship they had with God, and are now pursuing other things.

In the book of judges we encounter Samson, the man had without a doubt a special connection with God, special powers, special strength He Killed a lion with his bare hands, he killed thirty Philistines, Caught 300 foxes and torched fields,  he killed 1000 Philistines with a jawbone of a donkey. He did much more because of this special relationship with God. I would think because God makes me this strong, and uses me in this mighty ways, nothing can come between me and my God. For Samson, lust happened.  

Samson started flirting with sin. He is dominated by his flesh. Let’s see how; he married a Philistine because of lust, he violated his vow by touching a dead body, he slept with a prostitute, he involved himself with a wicked woman (Delilah), he even got his hair cut. He wanted what he wanted, no matter the cost that was to be paid: Even if it meant losing out on his relationship with God.

James 1:13 says ‘…but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.’ No matter how strong you are, you can be tempted by your own desires. Maybe you would do better if you were Samson, but that was Samson’s desire. Would you still do better when presented with lots of money, wealth, power, high positions?  That which you pursue more than you pursue God. That which can cause you to forsake God just to have it. Satan will use what works for you. Not for Samson. It may be different for everyone but the result is the same, James 1:14 says ‘Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death’

Be on guard. Whatever comes between you and your relationship with God will result to death. Keep your eyes on the price. Remember, there is a way out. ‘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.’ 1 Cor 10:13

Selah.

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