Friday, January 9, 2015

Devotion on Genesis 6 - "Had Corrupted Their Ways"

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.

What 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.

Yes, 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 situation.

How about you? What choice will you make?

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