Focal Passage: James 1:13-18
I’m amazed to hear people who rarely speak about faith suddenly excuse their sin by saying, “God made me this way.” They are indirectly saying, “You can’t tell me I’m wrong!” James taught his readers that they couldn’t trace their temptation to Him, ultimately blaming Him for their sin.
Instead of tempting us, God calls out to us like a fireman in the midst of the smoke and flames of temptation and beckons us to follow His voice. We can never say we have no choice, because God always provides a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). As Peter said, “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9a). Are you looking for His way out, or locking the door behind you?
Although we’ve had an unusual year, we know the seasons will still follow a predictable pattern. I already see the leaves beginning to fall from our weeping cherry tree reminding me that autumn is just around the corner and in step with God’s creation order.
We must also remember that Satan and his demons want to push us toward the predictable process of temptation. We are carried away by lust, which conceives an evil offspring called sin. When that offspring matures it brings forth death.
We can think of several sins that kill people because they are practically dangerous.
However, James’ instruction should steer us from sin’s practical and spiritual harm, fearing especially spiritual death that comes from a lifestyle of sin and rebellion toward God.
Everyone wants to win the challenges set before them. Numerous Facebook users are fighting the battle of Candy Crush Saga.
I don’t know what it is, but plenty of people are trying to beat it! Satan wants to play “Let’s Make a Deal” and get you zonked every time.
Thankfully the choices of life aren’t hidden in boxes or envelopes. Check out your options and follow the signs pointing to the goodness and mercy of God.