13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
This is the next part of the James series as we are working through James 1.
Temptation, unfortunately, is part of the Christian life. It is our own evil desire that leads us into temptations. We may think we merely respond to outward temptations that are presented to us. But the truth is our evil desires are constantly searching out temptations to satisfy their insatiable lusts. Consider the particular temptation to which you are especially vulnerable, and note how often you find yourself searching out occasions to satisfy your evil desires. Sometimes while confessing a sin we find ourselves starting once again to dwell on evil thoughts associated with that sin and we are tempted once again. We also sometimes face temptation unexpectedly, when this happens our evil desires are ready and prompt to receive and embrace them. Just as a fire burns any combustible material presented to it, so our evil desires respond to temptation. Indwelling temptation tends to deceive our understanding and reasoning. Our reason enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God in the way of sin gaining mastery over us through our desires. Therefore Satan’s great strategy is to deceive our minds.
Let’s remember that no temptation comes from God, but only God can search our hearts, we are unable to do that. We must ask God to surface and evil desire that is being left untouched in the depths of our hearts, and ask him to redeem us from it.
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
This image is a picture of a stillborn baby, which seems gruesome but it truly shows how wretched and disgusting sin truly is.
“Death” Is the soul being separated from the body, Sin will end in our death
Verses to Ponder
Questions for Personal Study
What is the difference between trial and temptation? Is there one?
Why is it important to not blame the temptation on God?
What is a way that you handle “Evil Desires”?