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August 5, 2020

Temptation

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/jas.1.13.esv

Temptation looks different for each of us. It will also change as we age and mature. Things that I struggle with aren’t necessarily the same things other men and women will struggle with. It’s very common to think of temptation as referring only to carnal sins such as lust or sex, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

One could be tempted to lie to avoid consequences. To be less than upfront on a business deal. A teen may be tempted to give in to peer or social pressure. An older person may be tempted by pride to think that their way is the best way. In all of these cases, we take our eyes off God, who only wants the best for us, and instead turn inward to focus on our own desires and wants.

What’s important to realize is to know that temptation does not come from God. Temptation comes from our enemy, the deceiver and destroyer of life, Satan. The devil doesn’t try to make you rebel against God, instead he wants you to forget God. Only when you forget God and who He is and all He has done for you could you even consider sinning against Him. God will always provide a way out of temptation. If you give in to the lies of the enemy you’ll miss the way out God is providing.

God does not tempt you to evil, He provides the way to out and the path to life.

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