Friday, June 13, 2014

Posted by Niki |
Verse 15: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

In this verse we are given a harsh fact. Lust leads to sin, sin leads to death. Death is an appointment made for all because all are born sinners. Death is unavoidable so some use this as an excuse to go out and party and live it up giving in to sin and other desires. They’re right to an extent – we can’t avoid death. It is coming whether we like it or not, but we can change where our souls are spent after our appointed times to die have come. Death isn’t the end. Our choices in this life will either land you in heaven or in hell. Again, that’s a choice that you have as human being.

“then when lust hath conceived” It takes spiritual growth and consistent dependence on God to know when a desire can be calmed and lusts can be controlled. Desires begin with the thoughts of “I have to”, “I can’t do without”, or “I would do anything if I could”. We can reason ourselves into sin just as easy as we can reason ourselves out of sin.

“when it is finished, bringeth forth death” Life is given to those who endure trials. Death comes to those who let desire run its course. Sin is full-grown when it becomes a habit. Death is referring to more than just the end of our fleshly bodies. It means the spiritual separation that comes between us and God as the result of sin (see Romans 6:23; 7:7-12; I John 2:16-17; and 3:14). There are two ways that we can choose to live:
  • OUR WAY - Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
  • GOD’S WAY - John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
God loves us. It is his love that breaks the cycle of desire-sin-death. Wherever we find ourselves in the cycle, we can always turn to God and repent. His way leads to eternal life.

Verse 16: “Do not err, my beloved brethren.”

To err means to sin; do wrong. James said in order to avoid all of these harsh endings, avoid sin altogether. Our source of temptation is not of God, so we should stay away from all things that we find in our lives that create the feeling of temptation.


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