How do we get stuck in sin-ruts? James 1:14-15 is a great passage to understand the progression. Sin is always a choice. It says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Let’s go back to the negative dialogue. I want to use David as an example. 2 Samuel 11:1 says that when it was the season for the kings to go out to battle that David stayed home. He shirked his kingly duty.
Verse 2 says, “Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.”
What would you have done in a similar situation? Joseph is a great example for us. He was hounded daily by Potiphar’s wife to lie with her. Genesis 39:12 says, “That she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me. But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.”
When you are tempted to sin—flee! If the temptation becomes a dialogue in your mind, it will draw you through the hidden sin in your heart and you will be enticed. How much better to remove the hidden sin-rut by casting up a highway for the Lord to dwell in your heart.
Numbers 32:23 says, “…you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.” David did everything he could to hide his sin, but he was busted. He wrote Psalm 51. We need to acknowledge our sin-rut as sinning against the Lord. Verse 4 says, “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.”