Name Your Problem

8-3-12

We all have problems. We are tempted to not be happy with what we have and to covet. We are tempted to hold grudges and to be bitter. We are tempted to be angry and fly off the handle (I wonder where that phrase came from). We are tempted to exalt ourselves and our opinions. We are tempted to be sexually immoral in thought and in body. The world continually puts before our eyes and ears things to tempt us. Basically, we know that every day there are temptations and these temptations cause us many problems if we give in to them. Our main problem, though, are not the temptations that come through others. James said, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” My point is this… our main problem is not others and the Devil. Our main problem is ourselves. Take ownership for your own sins and know that your main problem is you. In order for people to be able to overcome addictions they must first come to see that they have a problem. I have a problem…his name is Billy (that’s my name by the way). I must deal with the sin within me and as I seek to be more like Christ, I think that I will find out that I really don’t have so many problems. I can’t blame the world, the devil, or anyone else for my covetousness, anger, temper, pride and selfishness. I really have only one big problem-maker…me. I identify with the apostle Paul who said, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”