You Can Conceive

"But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desire and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. ' James 1:14-15 NASB 

When I was a prison minister, I learned that today's verses helped many prisoners to make a first-time salvation decisions, and to understand why they committed felonies. 

It is obvious that pregnancy comes before birth; what is not so obvious is that men can become pregnant too. God explains in the words of the Word that there are two types of pregnancies - one is physical and the other is spiritual.

Very pregnant women are hard to miss, and those who are pregnant with a sin child also stand out. The offspring that are conceived from the lusts of the flesh include felonies, wrath etc., and produce broken homes, loss of self respect etc. When a person submits to the lusts of their old nature fleshly compulsions; they go through a painful pregnancy and are seldom proud of what they give birth to.

When sin "grows up", it grows as a cancer grows, it demands more and more room to take over. and brings forth "death". "Death" in the Bible refers to separation. These sin children demand our resources: financially. emotionally and spiritually as they are an addiction condition that is selfish by nature.

To become one of God's children, a person must have a John 3:16 soul and "receive" Jesus while turning away from their sins, John 1:12. After salvation, God's children must continue this repentance principle by turning away from the compulsions of their old nature flesh or they will soon find themselves pregnant with a sin child. "Repent and be converted", Acts 3:19.

"Dear Lord, we are only dust and have lustful compulsions. Please help us to walk in Your Spirit so that we won't commit the lusts of the flesh. Thank You, Amen. +

Dr. Bob, AZ