From the beginning of mankind, people have blamed others for their sins. One common temptation is to blame God for our sins. But is it wrong to blame God for my sin? Since God sends trials to test me isn't it His fault when I fall into temptation from that test?
James 1:13-15 (NIV) When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
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Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. From the beginning of mankind, people have blamed others for their sins during trials. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. In our journey together through the Book of James, we’ve discovered that James commands us to see trials as opportunities to trust God on a deeper level. But James 1:13-15 warns us of the dangers that come during these trials.
James 1:13 in the NIV that says, "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone
A common belief at the time of this James’ writing was that temptation was irresistible. So, when you fell into temptation, you’d blame God for causing you to sin.
So where does temptation come from? James 1:14 says that we are tempted when we are drawn away by our OWN internal desires. The visual image that James uses here is of a fish being tempted to take the bait on a hook. Just like that fish, we are lured away from God by our own fleshly desires.
And what are the consequences of taking the bait? Well, James 1:15 tells us that these desires give birth to sinful actions. And when those sinful actions are allowed to grow, it gives birth to death, or spiritual separation from God.
So what James is saying here is that yes, God sends you trials to strengthen your faith, but don’t you ever say that God tempted you because of that trial. God cannot tempt anyone to do evil.
It’s because of your own fleshly desires that you are being lured away from doing good. And while it looks good at the time, this sinful act will only lead to death.
So , what do you do when tempted to take the bait? You take your eyes off the temptation and turn them back towards God who will strengthen you. And that’s The Simple Truth. Never miss an episode of The Simple Truth 2-Minute Bible Study Podcast by subscribing at TheSimpleTruthPodcast.com. AND remember to add The Simple Truth 2-Minute Bible Study to your Alexa or Google Nest routine.
I’m Julie Carruth. I’ll see you again tomorrow.