Own It And Confess It! – April 13, 2016

James 1:13, When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.

Proverbs 19:3, A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

This week’s sermons, blogs, & Cottonwood Creek Life Groups have been looking at the ever-present issue of temptation in our lives. The last two blogs defined temptation, and talked about not being deceived by our temptations. If you missed either of those, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com. The third thought I want to share with you about temptation is that we have to own our shortcomings and temptations. One of the most common mistakes we can make with our temptation and sins is to blame others for our mistakes. Proverbs 19:3 says, “A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.” Did you get that? Our own folly is what ruins our lives. That does not leave me a lot of wiggle room to blame others. But blaming others is as old as sin itself. Remember in Genesis after Adam and Eve sinned and God confronted them about their sin? Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake.

A recent ESPN documentary titled “Broke” focused on professional athletes who had lost millions and were now broke. Each story was about an athlete who caved to temptation and lost it all. Most of those athletes blamed others for their demise. Honestly, blaming others doesn’t solve the problem, owning it does. And once you truly own it, then you can receive forgiveness. Read this verse from 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful…and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” So if you have caved to temptation, own it, and then confess it because God is more than willing to offer complete forgiveness.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D