The book of James gives guidance that is hard to ignore. It has more than fifty direct commands in just five chapters. James is warning Christians of their behavior because most of them where doing what pleases them, knowing that God will forgive them.
This book is about putting our Christianity into action. It teaches us how to handle temptation, tests and troubles. It helps us understand the connection between what we believe and what we should do. And most importantly, it helps us witness the blessings of letting God be in charge of our lives.
In the coming weeks I will be focusing on specific parts of the book of James. For now, let’s look at James 1: 13-15
When people are tempted, they should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them. – James 1: 13-15.
This verse can certainly bring to mind the temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness. It would be here in biblical history that the devil, himself, would try to tempt Jesus into eating while fasting, obtaining the kingdoms of the world, etc. (Read Matthew 4:1-11 – CLICK HERE). Still, the devil’s temptation would not allow Jesus to stumble.
Jesus knew that it was not God doing the tempting; it was all the works of the devil who is a liar, deceiver, and one who breeds confusion. I have often experienced conversations with people who opted to say “God is tempting me” when trapped in a sin. However, we must understand that the devil manifests himself in various ways, including ice-cream. If he knows that we are not supposed to eat it for strict dietary reasons, he’ll be sure to tease us with the thought, smell, and look of it.
Therefore, we can stop blaming God and follow Jesus’ lead as he resisted the devil in Matthew 4. And when we resist the devil, refusing to bow down to his foolish temptations, something wonderful happens – the devil flees from us (James 4:7).
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