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Thursday, January 2: Dragged away by their own evil desire

 

Daily ScripturesThe New Testament letter of James challenges believers on several fronts. Where do trials come from? Are we saved by listening or by doing, by faith or by works? How should we treat the rich and the poor? Join with us as we read through this important, practical book.

Read James 1:13-18

When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

 

Reflect

It may be easy to say "the devil made me do it," and some claim that temptations come from God, but where does James say they come from? Know that good and perfect gifts come from God, and that you can rely on him when you face temptations.

Respond

Think of a particular temptation that hounds you, and then walk through the progression in the first paragraph of this passage that James says can cause temptation to lead even to death. Consider a way that you could turn to God early in these steps, before it's too late, and ask him to empower you to do it the next time the issue arises.

 

 

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