Defining Temptation – April 11, 2016

James 1:13, When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created.

I am currently teaching a series at Cottonwood Creek titled, “Legit Faith: All Day, Everyday!” The series deals with the real life issues of Christians and non-Christians alike. Last week, I looked at how we should deal with trials. This week, I want to take a look at temptation. Temptation is defined as an attraction, a seduction, or an allurement. In some ways, it is all of those at the same time. Here is what I know about temptations. We all face them regardless of our age, financial status, marital status, gender, or race. We might call them different things, but they are temptations none the less.

Here’s what the Bible says about temptations in James 1:14, “…each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire… 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” That’s a downward spiral to say the least. We are dragged away by our own evil desires, then desire gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown it gives birth to death! Temptations are real;  they are common to all, and they are deadly! If you are struggling with temptation in your life, welcome to the club.  Everyone else struggles with something. Defining temptation is the first step to ‘kicking it.’ This week, my blogs will outline for you ways to handle/overcome YOUR temptation.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D