We all experience the downward pull of our own depravity. We are not yet perfect. What is it about us that cause us to gawk, stare and maybe even scorn the faults of others? When a famous person experiences a meltdown it’s all over the media—people like to watch—remember the faces of catastrophic failure—President Richard Nixon, Lance Armstrong and Tom Brady.
What is it within their character that did not stop them from moving forward in their decisions? A process led to their demise. They convinced themselves it was okay, or they wouldn’t get caught.
James 1:14-15 says, Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death (GW).
James explains this process:
Instead of scorning them, we should study them. We should ask ourselves, how did they get there? What can we learn? We should also pray for them, their families and ourselves. Do you ever think, Lord, that could have been me?
John Bradford said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” He made this remark in the 1500s as he watched criminals as they were led to their execution. He was executed after he was accused of heresy a few years later.
What are you struggling with today? Don’t be ashamed of your desires or temptations. But remain determined by the Holy Spirit and the power of Jesus, you can rule over your desires. Jesus is your help in time of need. Take time to talk to Him about your struggle today.
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2015/09/20/four-stages-that-may-lead-to-catastrophic-failure/