OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONALS 16TH JULY 2020 – JUST A LITTLE SIN
Memorise: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Read: James 2:10-13
Bible in One Year: Isaiah 18-22
Hymn 24: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour
Prayer Point: Father, help me access Your grace to overcome any temptation that the devil brings my way, in the mighty name of Jesus.
The temptation to commit just one little sin is a trap that the devil uses to get many Christians. He tells them that they have been faithful all through and it wouldn’t hurt if they just indulge in this little sin; after all, many other people are doing far worse. Beloved, don’t fall into this trap of the enemy. The Bible says in Galatians 5:8-9 that: “This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump”
James 2:10 says: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” This is why Jesus said that if your entire body is holy except your eye, then you should pluck it out, because that little eye can bring trouble to the whole body (Matthew 5:29). It would be very sad for you to have done and avoided all you should as a Christian, only to go to hell because of “one little sin.” There is no little sin in the eye of God. Sin is sin and any soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20). The good news is that grace is available to overcome even the greatest of temptations; all we have to do is go to God and ask for help. Hebrews 4:15-16 tells us: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” One seemingly little sin would always lead to another and the web would continue till you are fully entange in the devil’s trap. 1 John 3:8 says: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning”. That seemingly little sin can send you to hell. Completely to God, resist the devil and he will flee! (James 4:7)