Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Temptation

Have you ever said something to the affect of, "God is tempting me"? This passage in James 1 tells us that's not possible.
James 1: 13 - 15 says,"When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me'. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone, but each one is temptd when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has convceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death".
The Greek word for 'tempted' here means, "to solicit evil", and God is not capable of that. Satan knows our weak areas, and uses those against us to entice us into things that are sinful. To be tempted is not the sin, but to be "dragged away" and follow through with the temptation IS.
God is always present - he will always make a way out of the temptations that come at us all on a daily basis.
For those who are not believers, but live a life of continual sin, face death - spiritual death, or eternal separation from God.
God does allow trials to come our way, as we saw in the previous verses in James 1, but in those trials, there is no temptation to sin. The trials we face are to strengthen us spiritually, and make us more mature and effective in our Christian witness to others.
May your day be filled with the goodness of the Lord, and as it says in Ephesians 6:10 - 11, "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms".

Janelle

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