“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.” James 1:13-14 NLT
People who live for God often wonder why they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? God tests people, but he does not tempt them by trying to seduce them to sin. God allows Satan to lure people, however, to refine their faith and to help them grow in their dependence on Christ. We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey his Word.
It is easy to blame others and make excuses for evil thoughts and wrong actions. We use reasons such as: (1) It’s the other person’s fault; (2) I couldn’t help it; (3) everybody’s doing it; (4) it was just a mistake; (5) nobody’s perfect; (6) the devil made me do it; (7) I was pressured into it; (8) I didn’t know it was wrong; (9) God is tempting me. A person who makes excuses is trying to shift the blame from himself or herself to something or someone else. A Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Temptation comes from our desires and choices. The world tempts us with those quick thrills and rewards. We must remember that it will be nothing lasting and permanent. Only God’s way is permanent and lasting.
Have you gone through those tough times, where temptation is around all the time? Continuously close to losing your temper, tempted to lose Faith in God. He, God never seems to be around. What we forget He is always around. What we forget is to turn to him for strength. Our human default is to switch to our understanding. We Quickly forget about God and rely on the world.
Take time to think of this; God’s not out there to spite us. We spite ourselves by making wrong choices. Read the second chapter of the Tyndal commentary. Many excuses all we try to do is shift the blame, instead of taking it on the chin. The words Pity Party comes to mind. Haven’t we all had those? This is only happening to me!
The words refine my faith rings in my head. Yes, let us focus on relying on God strength and not our own. I think of those times when we are sort of money, who do we turn too? Our understanding or do we trust in God?
“Lord I pray for correct choices and faith in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”