James 1:12-15 -God Never Temps Us
-  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.
-  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:
-  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. (KJV)
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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.
My Prayer for James 1:12-15
Much honour to you Father – Jehovah – 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