“That substance or behavior you’re addicted to is not your friend. It’s your Judas kissing your cheek so it can hand you over to your killing.” — Beth Moore
The other day I got a text message from my mentor with the above quote. She wanted to share it with me just because she saw it and loved it, and she knows how much I love Beth Moore. When I read it, though, it really got me thinking.
As believers, we all know that when we sin, we may “feel” good in the moment, but that good feeling is followed by guilt, shame, frustration, and an interruption in fellowship with the Father. It’s not until we come to Him in confession and repentance that we can receive and walk in forgiveness.
The problem is, though, that sometimes believers can take a passive approach to sin, or even try to justify it with an “everyone does it” or an “I’ll be forgiven anyway” mentality. What we really need to do, though, is see sin for what it is – deadly. We can’t be blind to the horrifying nature of sin, because the more we partake in it with an unresisting attitude, the friendlier we become with the very thing God despises most. Sin is not our friend. It’s ugly, deadly, evil, foul, vile, corrupt, and infinitely heinous. It’s our Judas kissing our cheek so it can hand us over to our killing. It is encouraged by the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). Satan tempts us to sin; he may even guarantee pleasure… but it’s only temporary, and will be followed with a feeling of dishonor. Let’s not forget that the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). That’s the truth, so what should our response be to sinful temptations?
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:10-13
Also, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He responded to Satan’s temptations with Scripture – the Sword of the Spirit.
God knows we have a sinful nature about us, and He loves us in spite of that. He knew every sin we have committed or will commit, and He still loves us. But His desire is that we would be set FREE from sin, not that we would sin freely.
The good news is that we don’t have to remain in guilt when we do sin. We just have to recognize sin for what it is, repent, and receive forgiveness. Thank God that there is No condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!