In dealing with physical illness, car problems, marital issues, etc., we are given signs or symptoms that tell us something is not working in the manner it was designed. We treat the headache, bad fuel mileage, and disagreements at home, but we don’t always research the root cause of that symptom. We focus on the symptom without considering the root problem that may be lurking in the shadows.
The symptoms are a way of telling us something is wrong, but there is often a deeper root issue. In dealing with sin, we often treat the symptoms by having accountability partners or pornography blockers on the computer (for example). Having accountability partners and pornography blockers are good, but if the desire to sin is not uprooted, you will find ways to sneak around your accountability partners or go to the Adult Bookstore rather than surf the web…with Satan and the flesh helping you along the way.
Symptoms must be properly addressed, but we cannot afford to stop there. The desire to sin must be removed. That may come through the fear of the Lord, hating what God hates, meditating on the Word of God, being pro-active, etc. – these are ways to help you deal with your willful desire to sin. Your situation may be different than someone else, but you can seek the Lord about your specific circumstances.
Please do not allow these roots to remain in your life. Find them and uproot them!
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