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The Course of Sin (Part I) 

 

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man;

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 

James 1: 13-15 

The misconception lies in the belief that temptation is from God a trial. James seeks to set the record straight: God cannot be tempted of evil, and neither does he tempt man.

A man (woman) is tempted when he/she is led away of his own lust. When lust has conceived when it seeks its occasion it becomes sin. 

The “course of sin” is best illustrated through David and his sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-13): 

From the roof of his house, David looked down into the courtyard of a house and saw a very beautiful woman bathing. David inquired as to who she was and discovered that she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the Hitite. David sent for her and lay with her.

[David seemed to give little thought to the fact that she was married]. 

Bathsheba conceived, and sent back word to David. 

Rather than confess at this time, or repent, David sought to cover his crime. He had Uriah brought in from the battlefield with the intent that Uriah would lie with his wife. Uriah, however, being a man of integrity, refused to do so. He would not conceive of eating and drinking and lying with his wife while his men lay out on the battlefield in tents. 

David next sent a letter by Uriah to Joab: “Put Uriah at the front of the hottest battle and fall back, thus allowing him to be killed.” The irony lay in the fact that Uriah carried his own death warrant. 

The thing displeased God (11:27b). 


PRAYER KEYS

written by Lic. Anita Marshall

In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives to his disciples the model prayer, which we have come to know as The Lord's Prayer. This short but powerful prayer is subdivided into three thematic sections. In the first section, verses 9 and 10, the focus is on establishing the authority of God and praising Him. Section two, verses 11 and 12, and the first half of 13, focuses on humanistic needs and desires, whether personal, collective, or for others. Lastly, verse 13 concludes with a shift back to God and His supremacy. Thus, the model prayer begins and ends with an emphasis on God the Father. God is relegated to the position of first and last. This focus most certainly should evident in our prayer life.

Let's look at some of prayer keys that will help us to understand the meaning of prayer so we can enrich our lives and the lives of others. James 5:16 says "... the effectual fervent

prayer of a righteous has many benefits."

  • Prayer of Adoration - We honor God by showing our love, respect, and esteem for Him. "O, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before Him, all the earth." Psalm 96:9
  • Prayer of Confession - We disclose or tell God of our sins. "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness." I John 1:9
  • Prayer of Intercession - We plead with God on behalf of others, especially those in trouble or need. "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:14
  • Prayer of Petition or Supplication - We humbly request favor, mercy, or some other blessing from the One who has the power and authority to grant our desires. "Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of Him." I Samuel 1:17
  • Prayer of Praise - We glorify, magnify, and exalt God to demonstrate our deep and abiding admiration of Him and appreciation for His goodness to us. "Come and hear all that fear God; and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mount, and he was extolled with my tongue." Psalm 66:16-17
  • Prayer of Submission - We humbly agreed to yield or surrender our will in order to allow God's will to flourish in our lives through complete obedience to the Lord. “... O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wills." Matthew 26:39
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving - We express our gratitude to God for His mercy and manifold blessings. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6

 

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