Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14, 15 NLT)
Honestly this post practically writes itself. And those two verses will preach themselves.
James told us in verse 13 not to blame God, and now he lays us all bare.
To borrow the quote, “We have met the enemy and he is us. We are to blame for our sinfulness and for giving in to temptation. It starts with our own desires. The devil takes those, twists them, and lures us with them.
If temptation is a gun, we give satan all the ammo he needs, and when we fail to resist, we’re actually pulling the trigger and wounding ourselves.
What starts as a natural desire becomes a temptation to sin when we are offered the opportunity to fulfill that desire in an unrighteousness way. This happens most often when we are feeling the weight of life heavily. Under all of that pressure our adversary offers a release and assures us it is well deserved.
But God always offers a means of escape. I can personally attest to moments of severe temptation that are interrupted by a phone call from a Christian brother. Was that coincidence? Nope. God threw me a lifeline.
I can’t blame God. He always comes to the rescue. And although it would seem easy to blame satan, he only uses the ammo I give him. I want to stand firm. I want to resist. But I know when I fail, only I am to blame.
How about you, have you ever blamed someone else for the temptation you’ve faced?