Afew years ago I found and viewed a motivational video called “212 The ExtraDegree.” As I viewed that video I was able to understand what just a littlemore effort could and would produce. I have given the link to it at the bottomif you care to view it for yourself. But just as sure as a little more effortwill produce greater results it can also be said that the same is true withcooling down. One could start to drift toward coldness and not even realize it.The way of the world you and I live in becomes more and more corrupt and if we’renot careful we may start to cool down. We cool down with our walk with the Lordby spending less time with Him. We then begin to watch things we would havenever considered watching before. We begin to listen to things we would havenever listened to before. It was not sudden it was gradual, just a littlecooling off, just a short time, then sin may become more attractive, and thethings of God less attractive. In the book of James we read this.
James1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. Did you notice thelittle word “err?” It means to cause to roamfrom safety, truth, or virtue, go astray, deceive, wander. Butit’s the verses that are before that tell us how one begins to cool down.
James1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: forGod cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
James1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his ownlust, and enticed.
James1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: andsin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Its starts withtemptation; temptation will come to us all for there’s not a one of us who willnever be tempted. We must know how to deal with the temptation when it comes.We must first know our weak points and know them well. Then one must not makeprovisions for that temptation in their life. Don’t go where you may have toface that temptation, don’t put yourself around those that will invite you intoyour temptation. Every one of us is tempted by our own desires as they lure usaway and then trap us. It could be a look or a thought that we allowed to lingeraround too long until we decide to get involved. Just assteam produces power so to go astray will produce results that areweakening.