Sunday August 26, 2018
13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
Like I said earlier, James has some good stuff and there is so much to learn from him. Here we are looking at what the Bible says about temptation. We have briefly discussed this topic, but lets dive a little deeper.
Temptation is the desire to do something wrong or unwise. In this case, it is the temptation to sin. For the longest time I thought it was God putting these temptations before me, but it is the complete opposite. Temptation comes from the Enemy and it is war. No matter how much we grow in our faith, temptation will always be there. It is important to realize who you are dealing with in these situations. It’s not God, but someone who knows almost as much about us.
The way I look at it is a battle. When you are in battle with an enemy there are a few things to know. What are my weak spots? Where will my enemy strike? How can I defeat my enemy? These answers are different for everyone. A lot of times my weakness is in the darkness. The enemy likes to strike in the darkness when no one else is around.
A big question is how can we defeat this enemy? I think it is by preparing for the attacks. The way we can best prepare is by talking with Jesus. Asking him to protect us. When we are in the moment of temptation ask Jesus for help. He will be there and he will lead to you to victory.
What is my biggest temptation?
How am I preparing for the fight?
Dear Lord, we are asking for protection and strength as we continue to fight these battles with the enemy. Be with us and guide us. Amen.
Have a great day!