Recently, while i was having my personal devotion, some questions from the book of Hebrews came up my mind and ever since then my mind had not been at rest.
Paul wrote in Hebrews 12 vs 3, 4
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”
I asked myself the following questions:
- If my life is instantly cut off by death in the very act of committing any known sin, what will be my excuse for committing that known sin? Will I charge the blame on God?
- Have I resisted temptation to sin to the point of shedding my blood or to the point where my life is at stake?
WILL THERE EVER BE AN EXCUSE FOR US TO SIN ?
“The strongest temptation is no excuse for sin. No matter how severe the pressure brought to bear upon you, sin is your own act. The seat of the difficulty is the unrenewed heart.”—Adventist Home p. 331.
My sin is not not any ones act, it is my own act. The problem we have is an unrenewed heart.
“Satan is jubilant when he hears the professed followers of Christ making excuses for their deformity of character. It is these excuses that lead to sin. There is no excuse for sinning. A holy temper, a Christlike life, is accessible to every repenting, believing child of God.”—Desire of Ages, p. 311.
Ellen White is in conformity with what Apostle Peter wrote in 2Pe 1:3,4.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Jesus has given us all things that will enable us to stand firm.
“Temptation, however strong, is never an excuse for sin. “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers.” Cry unto the Lord, tempted soul. Cast yourself, helpless, unworthy, upon Jesus, and claim His very promise. The Lord will hear. He knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will help in every time of temptation.”—Messages to Young People, 67.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
“By faith and prayer all may meet the requirements of the gospel. No man can be forced to transgress. His own consent must be first gained; the soul must purpose the sinful act, before passion can dominate over reason, or iniquity triumph over conscience.”—Messages to Young People, p. 67
GOD’S PROMISE FOR YOU
“Have you fallen into sin? Then without delay seek God for mercy and pardon…. Mercy is still extended to the sinner. The Lord is calling to us in all our wanderings, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.”—Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5, p.177.