“but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”  James 1:14 NIV

Read:  James 1:12-18

One of my grandsons was a real challenge going through what we call ‘the terrible twos’.  As he attempted to do what we told him not to do, we would demand “Don’t even try it!”.  It was almost comical to watch his daring resistance.   All little ones go thru the phase of ignoring or temporarily pretending to be deaf when we tell them ‘no!’.  For many, no simply means ‘OK, I can do it a little while longer’.

Some grow up to live their adult lives like that.  They want what they want and that is more important than anything else.  Rules, laws and the simple values of right and wrong are nothing more than challenges.   Telling them they need to follow rules is like pouring water off a duck’s back.

GOD told us about “No” just after creation.  Eve admitted to the serpent in Genesis 3:3; “But GOD did say, You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”   GOD went the extra mile with Adam and Eve.   Not even did HE tell them to not eat the fruit, HE clearly told them to not even touch it.  By not touching it, they would be less tempted to eat it.

Jesus told us about authority.  In Luke 11:28, JESUS tell us: “He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the WORD OF GOD and obey it.'”

Are you being obedient to GOD?   Do you ignore GOD when HE has already told you:  “Don’t even try it!”

Today’s prayer: “GOD MY MASTER, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR WORD as a guide of the things I must do and of the things I must not do.  Guide me today in remembering YOUR ‘no’ to the sin of this world.  Amen.”