James 1:14-15 (ESV) “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death”.

Cain and Abel were brothers, one day they both brought an offering to God. They brought God what they considered good. Abel and his offering were accepted while Cain and his offering were rejected. The outcome of Cain’s offering should have been a message; he needed to find out what God really wanted so his next offering would be accepted, but he desired to kill his brother instead. God however interrupted his desire by letting him know that he can still stop his evil intention before it has produced sin(see Genesis 4:6-7). Cain chose to execute his desire which produced sin and sin chased him out of God’s presence.

You did not sin because you were tempted, you sinned because you yielded to the temptation. Sin cannot force itself on a believer, instead, it seeks his cooperation and this is achieved by taking advantage of his desires. If he has learned to control his desires, these desires will never produce sin but if he has not, his desires will produce sin.Desires are products of the mind, thus, a renewed mind will produce renewed desires and an unrenewed mind will produce unrenewed desires which produce sin.

If you want to live a sin-free life, you must learn to control your desires. You will achieve this by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) through the truth of God’s word (Eph 5:26).

Go into today knowing that the secret to a sin-free life is to continuously renew your mind by the word of God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as I give myself to studying your word, open my eyes to see the truth that will help renew my heart.

— Dr. Emmanuel James
Yearly Bible: Proverbs 31
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