Strangely, this statement from Genesis 6:12 gives me hope.
It tells me that I'm not just a victim of my situation, or condition, or surroundings.
It tells me that I'm in control.
I mean is that the Scripture doesn't say that all the people became
corrupt because Satan corrupted them, or their sinful nature corrupted
them, or they were born with no choice but to be corrupted, or that
everyone else was corrupt so they had to be corrupt too.
No, the Scripture says that the people were corrupt because THEY had corrupted their ways.
we face outside temptation from Satan and the demons. We do have an
enemy to fight against. Yes, we face inside temptation from our sinful
nature. We are prone to selfishness and other sins. Yes, we have
disadvantages that we were born with biologically and disadvantages in
our surroundings and the people we know.
But we also
have a choice as to whether or not we allow those things to corrupt us
or not. We can stand up to temptation and we can overcome our conditions
and situations. Ultimately, the only person who can corrupt my ways is
me, and I choose not to be corrupted no matter what the temptation or
How about you? What choice will you make?