Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday Selah: Three Steps to Sin

Inspired by a brief (under 2 minutes) radio spot, I'm changing the format of Saturday Selah. I would like to offer a place where we can share encouraging messages we have heard throughout the week. In as few as 50 words or less, we can share a Bible verse or two and what they meant to us. Perhaps we heard song lyrics that touched our hearts. Anything that made a difference in your week can be posted here.

Our job as women of faith is to encourage others to seek God. If something stood out as special encouragement, then God meant it to help others as well. Don't worry about the word count - it's not a strict policy, just a guideline. Sometimes God gives us a little to say, sometimes He gives more.

From Ruth Graham Bell:

Three Steps to Sin
  1. Contemplation
  2. Rationalization
  3. Consent
P.S. Sin always affects others.
  1. Serpent - "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?
    Eve - "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

  2. Serpent - "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
    Eve - When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom...

  3. Eve - She took some and ate it.
  • Adam - She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
  • The Rest of Us - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

But God always makes a way...
  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one ad only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~John 3:15
  2. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin." ~Hebrews 4:15
How will I respond to this?

What choice will I make the next time I am confronted?


Esthermay said...

Intense thought here - you could take this to so many ends . . .
We are tempted everyday - constantly - because the Prince of the air has control.
The verse in Hebrews along with John 3:16 (perfect companion scriptures) cover us completely with grace!
How will I respond? With thanksgiving that his grace does cover me -- and with the knowledge that that grace doesn't give me license, but freedom!

Esthermay said...

Mr. Linky is weird.

Denise said...

Wow, awesome.

patrickjazz said...


This is good stuff! If you dont mind i'd like to use this in a sermon soon.

I appreciate your insight, your passion for truth, your labors in writing and your friendship!


Patricia said...


You know you are always welcome to use anything I write! Once it leaves my pencil (or keyboard) it's up to God what He wants done with it. Thanks, as always, for the encouragement.