There was a story of a little boy named Johnny who kept falling out of bed. Every time he would fall his mother would come in the room and scoop him off the floor and place him back in bed. This kept happening over and over again until the little boy was in tears. He looked into his mother’s face and said, “Mommy, why do I keep falling out of bed and can you make me stop?” His mother replied, “Yes, I can!” And then looked deep into his eyes and said, “Johnny, your problem is that never get far enough into bed, you’re always on the edge, so it’s easy to fall off.”'The torment of the temptation to sin is nothing compared to the consequences.' ~ Ed louis Cole Click To Tweet
And it’s the same with some of us Christians. The reason we keep falling into sin or engaging in activities that lead us to sin is because we never get far enough away from the sins that are tempting us…We haven’t hidden ourselves in Christ–we’re always hanging out on the edge and then easily fall into sin. And the torment of the temptation to sin is nothing compared to the consequences. (Re-telling of Ed Louis Cole story.)
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Luke 4:13 (NKJV)
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
James 1:13-15 (NKJV)
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.