Roots of sexual sin.
‘But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death‘. James 1:14-15
Each one: all of us. None is exempted.
Tempted: tried or attracted, inclined to do something
His own: stemming from within
Evil desire: selfishness, wickedness, worldliness, ungodliness. Anything outside God’s will
Dragged away: drawn from the word of God
Enticed: seduced or lured into sin.
Conception: where evil desire meets fertile ground/suitable environment (lack of God’s word)
Gives birth: brings forth/delivers
Sin: actual sinful deed-immorality…
Full grown: when sin matures-when the sin becomes our life style
Death: irreversible outcome-physical/eternal death, divorce, disease..
What’s within us: if its within us, we had to have allowed it in. I will focus on sexual sin since sex sells on every platform, its well disguised and brings so much damage with it. The obvious setback with technology is that sexual material is available as discrete and cheap as possible. It’s disguised in viral videos like mollis (for the Kenyan audience) and reality shows/movies/series that show partial or total nudity and filthy language. It’s packaged in shades of grey so we watch for entertainment as our brains pick up the selling points-nudity/sexual content. We make fun about the extremes enticed by the devil’s humor while he’s got the last laugh. Circumstances of love & need for it arise within us; our thoughts are captured in the normalcy of sex before marriage, adultery, masturbation and homosexuality. We justify them with everything but the word of God because its not within us in the first place. In its place is worldliness; where only our eyes can see through education, human rights and entertainment.
Dragged away and enticed: we get busy with life outside Christ (for christians) and we are barely at the feet of Jesus;reading His word, having fellowship, studying,meditating, sharing and acting as we are instructed. We are enticed by bills, relationships, promotions and goals we forget the world and all in it is but a road we are on. When Christians stumble, they fall hard. It’s the only opportunity the devil has to punish your decision to follow Christ and he sees to it that you do not rise again. He feeds us lies of continuous guilt and shame and we are stuck in bondage for ages. Careers, education, relationships, goals are not evil desires unless they obstruct our relationship with God.
Conception: mentioned above where lack of the word of God is a suitable environment to pick on the evil desire within us. When this two merge, sin is born. Evil desires stem from our thoughts where we have stored everything we know. After watching provocative material nothing holy will come out of it but thoughts that reinforce its effect, then actions to build on the results and a continued search of whatever one feels they are missing. Sin does not let you settle.
Death: If sin is not discontinued and repented it results to death in form of addictions – drugs & alcohol, disease (HIV), years and years of loss and for some its physical death. If they died in sin its an eternal loss that when put in words it loses meaning. Many homes are broken because of immorality, choices people make not because they don’t know better but are compelled by what they know (worldliness) or better lack of truth which can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Sin is enticing, short lived with a painful end. Its not worth the price. Do not be deceived by its package and rewards. It’s there to get you and your choice starts now.
# Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not say this prayer with me:
I repent of my sins
Come into my life
And be my Lord and Savior’
Find a true church nearby that will walk with you through this journey.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
I recommend Ernest Wamboye’s ‘Lust & the City’ guide on sexual purity. I have personally not had this topic addressed any better than how this author and speaker does. Find his blog http://www.penstrokes.co.ke/.