|James 1:13-15 (ERV)|
|13 Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. 14 You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. 15 Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death.|
|Obviously James was not teaching about something that would take place in a future world filled with sin, he was dealing with a problem in his own time. God has it in His Word, because He knew before hand that this would still be an issue in our world today.|
|How often have we heard excuses given for the causes of sin. We’ve all heard things like these: “The Devil made me do it”; “My spouse made me do it”; “Friends that I trusted made me do it”; “It was God that led me to do it so He could get my attention”. I’m sure there are other excuses, but aren’t we really quick to find something, or someone, to blame our own willfulness and sin on? Read the verses again, God plainly tells us how it all starts. To my unbelieving friends reading this devotional, it may be challenging for you to get a handle on this, because you are probably not in the Bible regularly, where you can learn about the ideals of God and therefore know when you cross the line of sin. If you feel led to correct that problem, let me encourage you to read my Footnote where you will find tips on ways to correct that dilemma. To my Christian friends, let me assure you that for as long as we remain in this world, we will face trials and temptations. Our chosen Scripture explains how this all starts, so knowing the source, you know how to pray, and what to pray for. Please stop the blame game and take responsibility for the true source of temptation. This could also go a long ways in helping you to avoid temptation, God being your helper.|
|Lord God, Your Word is powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword. Please work on us to honor Your Word by obeying what You command of us and teach us. Lord, we must take responsibility for our own inner self, and stop finding excuses for who else may have caused our sin. I love the words from an old song: “It’s me, It’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It not my sister or my brother but it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer”. As I encourage all my readers to do a deep self examination of this serious issue, I must confess personally Lord, that it’s me standing in the need of prayer, for my desire is to be recognized and counted as a child of God by all those who come into contact with me. This is only possible with the guiding and protective hand of the Master guiding and directing my every move and word. I pray that God might speak to you today about your need, friends, and I pray that it won’t be in vain! AMEN!|
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Obviously James was not teaching about something that would take place in a future world filled with sin, he was dealing with a problem in his own time. God has it in His Word, because He knew before hand that this would still be an issue in our world today.