Remarks on Righteousness
Just Say NO!
Proverbs 1:10

My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.

The devil and the world around us will tempt us to do wrong.  They will attempt to persuade us
as they did Eve in the garden, and Jesus in the wilderness.  It will be pleasurable.  It looks
good.  It will make you better in some way or another.  The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes
and the pride of life.  The devil knows how to tempt us -- he's had lots of practice.

The answer is as simple as "Just say NO!"  Don't do it.  Don't listen.  In the words of the song,
"Yield not to temptation..."  

Do not agree.

It may be pleasurable for the moment, but the results for eternity (and many times the long
terms results physically) are anything but pleasurable.  For example, the results of giving in to
sexual pleasure may result in an STD, even AIDS, that is anything but pleasurable here, as
well as the eternal consequences if unrepented.

It may look good for some, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  What may look alluring for
some is a danger sign for those who recognize what the temptation truly represents.  The
spread of the cobra's hood may be beautiful, but when you recognize the venimous nature of
this snake and that is its aggressive stance, it looses its beauty.

It may seem to make you better, but many things are facades.  They look good on the outside,
but inside they are empty.  The promises of sin are like the ostrich eggs on my shelf: an empty
shell.

Its easy to say No to temptation.  It is harder to mean it.  We need to mean it when we say it.  
Do not begin to believe the false promises.

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build
you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified."  [Acts 20:32]
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