Last year our church was going through a series on the book of James and one thing that stuck out to me was James 1:9-18 that talks about temptation. Let’s take a minute and read these verses.
“Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
If you read those verses we see that in verse 14 it talks about temptation comes from our own desires. No one is exempt from temptation. In verse 12, it says that trials are the soil where our faith developers and matures. Therefore, the way we respond to temptation is a key indicator of our level of maturity. I love that verse because it reminds me that God rewards those that waits patiently and endures trial after trial.
If you are any thing like me, temptation is all around us. It’s easy to blame God when we are facing these temptations but we need to resist. God is not the source of the bad or evil that has happened in your life. He wants you to walk in His blessing and abundance and does not bring harm or evil to your life. When you learn to recognize the areas in your life that are the most venerable to temptation and build safeguards around them it will help you to resist. Part of being spiritual mature is recognizing the areas of vulnerability in you life so that you can stop going back there over and over again.
I suggest that you make a list that includes all the areas in your life that you are most likely to be easily tempted. Then write beside them ways you can make safeguards to help you reduce the temptation. And after, come back to this article and I will close you out with prayer.
Father, I just want to take a moment and pray for each one that is reading this article. Help them to develop safeguards to resist temptation. We know that you never tempt us and that temptation only comes from the enemy. You love each one of us and want us to walk in your blessings and love. Thank you that we can come to you for anything. We would be lost without you. I pray that today each one reading this would know your love and feel your blessings as they go about their day. We love you Jesus. Amen!