James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

In the words of Deputy Barney Fife of the Mayberry Police Department, “Nip it,… nip it in the bud.”

God has given us the ability to “Nip it in the bud.” All we have to do is,…

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When temptations arise, we are to submit ourselves to God,… not yield to those temptations and deal with them when they have progressed to something far more damaging to our souls.

Likewise, when we see something in our midst that could potentially lead others into sin, we should do all we can to, “Nip it in the bud.” Lay the ax to the root to get rid of the problem. Address the problem in the early stages of developement.

Otherwise,… the problem will always be there and will grow worse.