James 1:13-15 – Temptation

James 1:13-15
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.

-Oscar Wilde was once quoted as saying, “I can resist everything but temptation”.  How true I’ve found that to be in my own life; I can breeze right passed a million potential sins in the course of the day, but that’s mainly because certain sins may not appeal to me.  None of those “victories” prepare me for when I’m faced with something that truly tempts me; all of my supposed strength fades and falling into the temptation feels like welcoming back an old friend.  What does James warn is the cause of this?  It’s not God; rather, it’s a result of being drawn away from God.  The further we get from Him, the more alluring ungodliness will become which is why James warns us elsewhere that we need to draw near to God. (James 4:8)  Like sheep following a Shepherd, we’ll lose our way if we don’t stay right next to Him.

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