According to Numbers 25, the nation of Israel sinned against God by worshipping a foreign deity called Baal and having sexual relations with foreign women. God’s wrath was kindled and He allowed all those who participated in the orgies to be destroyed. A man who was caught during intercourse was also stabbed to death. This was not because God was interested in killing His people but as a proof that sinful acts have their own dire consequences.

God wanted Israel and us today to learn that we are accountable to Him for the gifts and privileges we have. Our accountability to God is seen in the way we use our gifts. Every good thing we have comes from God and if we are not using it to God’s glory then we are sinning. Ordinarily, the greater the gifts, the greater the sin and the greater the judgement when we do not use them for God’s glory. The Lord Jesus said, “But he that knew not and commit things worthy of the stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48).

We are normally deceived into thinking that we can get way with our sinful tendencies. However, we must recognize that the evil one uses this deception to seduce and confuse us. The deception is accomplished by inflaming and magnifying our immediate desires, while minimizing and hiding reality of the horrendous costs of our actions. Again, the deception is that we can get away with it and that we will not be caught. The truth of the matter, however, is that God cannot be mocked.

God’s will for us is to overcome temptation and walk in purity, but we must humble ourselves by submitting to the wisdom that God gives to us. One significant way we can overcome temptation is by pushing aside our selfish feelings and giving serious consideration to how our behaviour would hinder our walk with the Lord, damage the cause of Christ, and destroy our families and the lives of others.

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