We have been seeing the importance of margin in our lives when it comes to our time and finances. Today we are going to look at ‘how margin can help us fight or even avoid temptation and live better lives’. We will call this moral margin.
Do you know someone whose life has been wrecked by sexual sin? Maybe you know someone who has had an affair, and they didn’t maybe plan on it, but then all of a sudden one day they woke up and realized their own marriage was in tremendous jeopardy because of sexual sin.
Why does this happen? I have never met newly-wed who has said “I’d like to have an affair within five years or less” or anyone who has said ‘I plan on one day getting addicted to pornography or alcohol or drugs or gambling….’
I really believe a lot of this can be avoided in our lives if we build moral margin. Moral margin is putting distance, a buffer, some margin between you and temptation.
James, Chapter 1:13-15; says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God can not be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. But, each one is tempted, when by his own evil desire’.
Remember few days ago we talked about the fact that all of us were out of alignment with God. We are sinners by nature. James is saying “By his own evil desire, he is dragged away..” After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, gives birth to death.” The word translated as tempted comes from the Greek word deleazo (del-eh-ad’-zo). It means to entrap, to allure, to entice, or very literally it means to hook; it’s a fishing term used to catch with bait.
Your spiritual enemy is trying to hook you into something that would cause sin to be born; because sin, when its full grown, doesn’t lead to life, but it leads to death. Enticed, lured, baited, hooked.