Saying no to sin; something Bugs Bunny won’t help you with. I love the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, especially the ones with Yosemite Sam. There is this one episode where Bugs and Sam are about to get in a fight. Bugs Bunny drew a line in the sand. He bets hot-headed Yosemite Sam to cross it, and guess what? He did! And not just once.
He passed every line that Bugs Bunny drew with his foot until he stepped right off of a cliff. There is a line for us: one between life with God on one side and life without Him on the other. This line is called sin.
The Line of Temptation | Saying No To Sin
I love how Moses says, “I call the heaven and the earth to witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Therefore choose life, so that you and your offspring may live” (Deut 30:19).
Joshua said the same thing this way, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15)
Along the same lines, Paul said, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?“ (Romans 6:16)
These men of God are all talking about this distinguishable line. We can see this line. It is present in every choice we make. We know precisely where sin starts, and we, like Yosemite Sam, cross it.
The Destruction of Sin
An example of crossing the line is lying to save our skin. Before we lie to others, we often lie to ourselves first. We look at porn and tell ourselves that this is not hurting anyone but ourselves. It is destroying all of the crucial relationships in our lives. Starting with our relationship with God, then moving on to our wives and even our children.
Now each of us knows exactly where this line is. Instead of fleeing from sexual immorality, as Paul said, we inch closer to the edge, step on it, or we cross it entirely.
How We Can Say No to Sin
In times of temptation, we need to choose to be as far from that line as humanly possible, or like Sam, we will step off the cliff and fall. The ‘seductresses’ ways eventually lead down the Sheol!
I bet your church has some gentlemen that can come alongside you to help. So remember what my brother James says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16).
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