James 1:12-15

James 1:12-15 -God Never Temps Us


James 1:12-15 -G
od Never Temps Us

  • [12] Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
  • [13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
  • [14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  • [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)
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Hand drawn picture of Jesus with outstretched arms and a Bible in left hand.  Text says Today's lesson on needs vs wants.  Is taken from James 1:12-15
James 1:12-15

Who tempts us?

Many people believe that God, as a loving God, should not allow bad things to happen to his children.

God loves us and doesn’t want bad things to happen to us. However, when the enemy comes along with a temptation, we have the God-given right (free-will) to either go with it or stand against it.

We should never accuse God of bringing unrighteous desires upon us. He does not tempt us – the enemy does!

We need to be very careful of temptations. Satan tries hard to keep us in sin. In many instances, when tempted, we find ourselves giving in, and that when the problems start.

Our Earthly desires

Our earthly desires tends to put us on a path, where we no longer rely on God. Instead, we rely on ourselves, believing we are capable of getting everything we think we need. Usually these temptations are “wants” rather than “needs”. We accept the temptation and then blame God when they get too heavy to carry.

An example: We want a new car and the financing doesn’t work out. What do we do? We go place to place, desperately in search of getting our own financing and sure enough we get it. God knew we weren’t in a position to handle a new car payment, but we wouldn’t listen, the pull and compulsion were very strong.

Soon the payments become heavy enough that we turn away from God, blaming him for not helping us in the first place and now for not getting us out of the situation that we are in.

James writes to struggling people

James (the half-brother of Jesus) is writing to people who are struggling. Although they are Christians, they are miserable and find their lives full of hardships. They are blaming God!

James tells them that the problems they suffer are due to their own selfish desires. Earthly longings that we feel do not come from God.

He encourages the people; that instead of moaning about the difficulties, be joyful that they are learning important lessons. James tells them to turn to God in faith and gain strength from Him to deal with all they are going through.

The followers who can live in joy and peace and, continue to depend on Christ, in all circumstances, (good and bad) will be rewarded for their faith.

God will reward faithful followers with the crown of life at their death. That is to say, God has promised eternal life to those who love Him.

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Red arrow points downwards with words Given by Lusts.  Large text says
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James 1:12-15

My Prayer for James 1:12-15

Much honour to you FatherJehovah – Shammah – The Lord is There

I confess to you Lord, that I have been enticed and lured away from you on many occasions.

In those times I have wanted something that seemed never coming and so I have chosen to follow a wrong path to “make it happen”.

Over time and through many trials, I am now maturing in my walk with you. Do I always make the right choice? No! But finally, I am learning how to handle my impulses. Thank you Lord for your love and grace as I grow.

I am finally at a point where I realize

  • Satan will tempt me.
  • And, I must be prepared for the temptations of Satan.
  • Even as a Christian, I am susceptible towards sin and I must learn to overcome temptation.
  • And I know that it is up to me to assume personal responsibility for the choices I make.
  • I realize that when I fail, I must repent and stand strong in faith, without complaint.
  • I am aware that I must put on a happy face. I am not to moan, groan and complain about my situation but to be happy that I am learning a valuable; albeit hard lesson.
  • I recognize that during these times I must not turn away from you. Because, if I do turn away that gives the possibility of me continuing down the wrong path. One that would lead me away from you altogether and bring me eternal death.
  • I understand that I must turn immediately to you. Especially in times of temptation.
  • Regardless of my situation, when I stay close with faith in you, I will be rewarded with the crown of life – eternity with you.

Thank you Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  • An unknown author wrote:
  • Happy are those who remain faithful under trials because, when they succeed in passing a test, they will receive as their reward, the life which God has promised to those who love Him.

God asks us to follow him, however, we are never forced to do so. Psalm 32: 8-10

John 3:16

For God So Loved The World – John 3:16

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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Todays lesson in For God So Loved the World is taken from John 3:16
John 3:16

John 3:16

Most people have heard of the scripture John 3:16. This is one of the most generally known verses in the Bible. You see people holding signs stating “John 3:16” on the street, at sports games, bumper stickers and the likes. But do people really know and understand what an awesome gift God gave when he sent Jesus to us.

God Loves Everyone

God has always loved all the people of the world! However, some people originally thought that God only loved the Jewish people. Yes God made a covenant with the Jews, but he invites everyone to come to the knowledge of God and receive eternal salvation.

Because of his love for us, God-the Father sent his Son (in human form) to the earth to offer the gift of salvation. God-the Son (Jesus, in human form) came to earth to love us, to teach us and to save us from an eternity away from God (eternal damnation).

Jesus knew exactly what would happen to him while he was on the earth. However, he accepted to become the Son of Man, even knowing the wickedness he would suffer through. Jesus had to drink of the cup God set out for him. The cup represents God’s judgement and his wrath on judgement. It is said that as humans, we could not have handled even a drop from the cup that Christ endured for us!

When Jesus Reached His 30th Year

Jesus began his mission in his 30th year. He spent the next three years telling and showing others about God. He also taught how he was a part of the Trinity that makes up God. Furthermore, telling how everyone could enjoy an eternity with God, through Him.

For that message he was beaten, condemned, hung on a cross and willingly died for us. He suffered a horrific death by becoming the sacrificial Lamb for those who believe in him. Jesus paid a very high price for our salvation.

Three days later he rose from the grave. In doing so he fulfilled (one of the many) Old Testament prophecy confirmations that he was indeed, the Son of God.

Jesus is now the representative for all born again Christians and saved Jews. Through Jesus those who believe in Him can receive eternal life.

God did his part by sending Jesus. Jesus did his part by willingly dying for us. The Holy Spirit is doing his part by leading and guiding us. In the same manner, we have to do our part- by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

For God So Loved The World
John 3:16
John 3:16

John 3:16

Mighty God – Redeemer and Saviour,

This verse brings good news to all people, that you love us. And that it truly is your desire to have every person on earth (no matter who they are or what they’ve done) spend eternity with you.

However, to receive salvation, there are simple conditions that our Lord God says we must comply to.

  • We need to believe that God the Father did send his Son Jesus to earth to be the Sacrificial Lamb.
  • We are to repent of our sins and ask the Lord to come into our hearts.
  • Following that, we must keep a good relationship with Jesus Christ.

Everyone Sins

We all live with sin, however we cannot take sin into the presence of God. No matter how “good” we are and how many “good deeds” we do, we cannot get rid of the sin we carry. We need salvation that only Jesus can give us!

After Jesus ascended to heaven, he didn’t leave us alone. He sent The Holy Spirit to earth as our helper. It is the Holy Spirit who will teach us the truth and knowledge of God. When believer’s think of or commit a sin, the Holy Spirit will convict us. Feeling the conviction, he then leads us to not do what we were thinking of doing. Following that, he will steer us to repentance, encouraging us to ask for forgiveness.

My Prayer for John 3:16

I praise your name God, You are Jehovah-Tsidkenu ,The Existing One

I have learned that there are only two choices for our forevermore life. That is, becoming a believer or remaining a non-believer.

Those who believe and accept that Jesus came to earth to take away our sins, don’t have to live with sin. Jesus bought redemption for those willing to repent and follow him.

The believers place their lives in the hands of Jesus Christ and in the end, Christians will immediately see that their way of living on earth holds wonderful eternal results.

Those who choose to remain non-believers, and delight in having control over their own lives will see a different ending. The people not of Jesus will immediately realize that their way of living holds severe consequences.

The Lord Our Redeemer

Thank you Father God that John 3:16 tells a story of your love. You love us so much that you sent your Son Jesus to do something we could never accomplish on our own. That is, to have salvation to a life eternal with you!

I pray that all people will hear your voice calling them. Subsequently they will accept Jesus and turn to you. It is my hope and prayer that those who hear your call, will come to know your love forever more.

Thank you Lord for all of your blessings. And for being the eternal God who desires to see all people saved. I bless your Holy name.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Why Jesus? Because Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb, willingly dying on the cross. Shedding his blood to purify us of our sins, so that we can come before Father God, spotless.

If you want to learn more go to What is Salvation? Prayer for Salvation