JAMES 1:14-15 But each one is
tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is
full-grown, brings forth death.
As we continue our
lengthy discussion on the subject of temptation we will begin to see it all
begins in the mind. God allows us to be
tested and tempted, but the temptation comes from the devil and he plays on the
inward desires that we have for all kinds of pleasure. God wants to see how much we really love
him. Are we satisfied in Him or do we go
elsewhere to meet what we think are unfulfilled needs and wants? It really is a battle for our mind, which is
why we are bombarded everywhere we go by so much junk that we see, or told that
we need. It all began in the garden with
Eve and the devil and it has been happening ever since. The devil tells us that God is holding out on
us and we believe him. God only withholds
from us that which is not good for us or we are not ready to handle. He only has our best in mind. The old show on TV had it right, Father Knows
Best. How about you, are you satisfied
with all that God has given you, or do you want your way?
James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by
God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt
anyone. 14 But each one is
tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
In this section of scripture we are taking another deeper look at
Temptation. A temptation is a test that
is reacted to in a wrong manner. God
Tests us, the devil tempts us. God wants
us to become better people, the devil wants us to become bitter people. We are taking a several message long look at
who is tempted, why we are tempted and how to handle it. I hope you will listen to all of these
because the Bible says we are all tempted, just as all are tested. The question is how will you react and do you
know how to overcome the struggle we all have in this area? If you don’t, please stay with us for this
whole series because God wants us all to know how to deal with this area or we
will never become the Christians that God wants us to become.
section of scripture we will see that God wants the poor man to be satisfied in
Him and the rich man to realize that only in God is there real riches. He will also tell us in verse 12 Blessed is
the man who endures temptation; because Trials can quickly turn into Temptation
if we don’t trust in God. This message
begins a series of several messages on Temptation, what is it, how does it
happen, who is responsible when we are tempted, and most important of all, how
to resist temptation.