I am not interested in visiting explicit websites, and I certainly don't want my readers to see that on my blog. I consider this personal, because this is my personal space to write my thoughts, my ideas, my feelings and my love of the Savior. I don't want anything on here that detracts from that. I looked up blog spam and found out that it is called BLAM for short. Gotta love the name, but not the beast.
So, I am going to use it on my blog today to make a point. I think Satan attacks us all in multiple, incidious ways. His ways can look innocent. The opportunity to "do something fun", "belong to the crowd", "have friends", even the possiblities of searching the web are all ways that he can find your weaknesses and work on your internal destruction.
It is amazing and even scary to me, the power that he has to find the good in the world and corrupt it. None of us are immune to his own personnal form of Blam. It is not true that "the devil made me do it" (even if we wish that were the case). It is true that he knows our weaknesses and puts the temptations in front of us so that we can possibly fail. It is true that he wants us to fail. But it is never true that he "makes" us do anything.
It is important to note, that although we wish often that our choices were someone else's fault, we still get to choose what we do. We can choose to follow others, or we can choose to stand alone, or we can choose to lead those around us to all that is right and good. In this life, we still get to decide if we want to follow him (Satan) or our Savior Jesus Christ.
Satan's promises are false. He doesn't want our happiness, he wants our eternal misery. He wants us to fail to live with our Heavenly Father, in any way possible. He wants to promise us anything he can to make us more like him.
Jesus Christ's promises are sure. They are eternal. He never breaks them. His purpose is to help us find true happiness. The kind that lasts forever. The happiness we receive when we make good decisions, when we follow the right course, when we come home to Him. He wants us to be the people we should be, because He loves us and wants the best for us.
We all make mistakes. At times, we all choose a path that is not right. That is where the wonderful, sweet spirit of repentance comes into our lives. We might not be able to have a "do over" moment, but we all get to choose whether we want to continue sinning or whether we want to come back into the fold of God. We get to choose the end of our own stories.
Satan would have you believe that you are never good enough. That you have made too many mistakes, that you can never be clean. He would have you think that you can never be forgiven. But Christ has promised you His forgiveness. And His promises are sure and lasting. They are not lies. So, no matter what mistakes you have made, you can become clean again. But first, you have to be willing to give up the sin, let it go, and move forward.
It is our choice whether we follow Satan's Blam or whether we follow the Saviors Iron Rod. It is our choice whether we choose to walk away from our sins, or whether we hold fast to them. My question to you is simply, what sin are you willing to give up to get closer to Him?
The Choice has always been yours.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.