Today you should read: James 1:9-18
I LOVE the book of James! It’s one of my all-time favorite books. Several years back I memorized large portions of it – so I refer to it often.
When’s the last time you encountered temptation? Probably not that long ago, right? For most of us, that’s an hourly or even minute-by-minute experience. James gives us Satan’s GamePlan and clues us in on how we can defeat him.
- Don’t blame God (v.13)
Most of us are BLAME-GAME junkies. We love to shift the blame to anywhere we can. One of the first places we go with it is to God. Just like Adam did with the first sin – we try and blame God for our temptation – but James cuts us off at the pass – Temptation is not from God – it’s from us. This forces us to look within and deal with it rather than make excuses for it.
- Learn the T-Cycle (v.14-15)
James gives us the strategy for temptation. He clues us in on Satan’s playbook.
The earlier you stop the cycle, the least damaging it becomes. Satan always uses the same strategy.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Don’t be deceived (v.16)
James tells us – don’t be tricked by this. Rick Warren in The Purpose Drive Life says, “Every temptation is an opportunity to do right.” You make the choice.
He reminds us to pray the prayer for deliverance that Jesus prayed… “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13
Most of our temptation centers around wanting things that we don’t have but think we need – Verse 17 reminds us that God showers us with good things, the greatest being making us His own (v.18).
Live in the light of His gifts – and enjoy the life He’s given you.
Posted by: Tim Parsons