Our foreign exchange student, Charlotte said something to me a couple days ago that has got me to thinking. We were discussing her love for a certain book series and she said “When I first read them I didn’t love them but I just kept telling myself, ‘I love them, I love them, I love them,’ and then I did!”
Don’t we do that with sin sometimes? Yes, I know there are instances when sin is pleasurable from the start, but if we are honest with ourselves, there are many times that we have to talk ourselves into sin. I remember when I was in high school and tried smoking cigarettes. I hated the taste and smell at first but I wanted to be cool and love it like everyone else so I just kept doing it and doing it until I took pleasure in it.
Talking yourself into sin seems to be crazy, and sometimes peer pressure plays a part, even as adults, but I see people do it all the time. As I have stated before, sin starts in the mind, and sometimes it seems to happen so quickly that we don’t think we have thought about it, but sin is always defiance, within our spirit, to what God wants for us. Most of us know that God wants us to live holy, without sin. But our flesh, our HUMAN, SIN nature is at war with the Spirit of God. Our carnal mind, or the part of us that minds the flesh has a mutual hatred (enmity) against God, according to Romans 8:7. We war within ourselves to either walk according to the flesh or live according to the Spirit of God.
If you find yourself talking yourself into sin, STOP and read Romans 8 and realize that through Christ Jesus, you can live without sin. Through His Spirit working in you, you can live a victorious, abundant life full of joy and peace.
And remember, that the sin you talk yourself into, just like the sin that you find yourself falling into, will take you away from God and will only bring pleasure for a very short season.
Other Scriptures to read on this subject: James 4:1-8; Ephesians 2