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We Are Tempted By Our Own Evil Desires

James 1:13-15

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Today we will continue to look at the above passage zeroing in on but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

We’ve already read that our righteousness is like filthy rages.  Isaiah 64:6 – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

I remember a comedian from my youth – Flip Wilson – who had a character (Geraldine) who had a line that she repeated often – The Devil made me do it! The good news today is that the devil can’t make us doing anything.  The bad news is that it is our own evil desires that cause us to yield to temptations and fall to sin.

Remember – God has promised us a way out of every temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Remember – God has not only promised we can avoid sin – God has given us protection – the armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-18 – 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I know these are repeat Scriptures – but they need to be driven home.  We do not need to sin – we are not forced to sin – we sin because we put something before God in our lives.

We are called to love Jesus more than anything – Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Tomorrow we will finish the study of James 1:13-15 by looking at Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

August 12, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , ,


  1. Ray, not sure how to put a link in here but there is an article in UM Reporter for August that is appropriate for some of what you have been discussing this week.

    Editor: Is this the article Jan – http://www.umportal.org/article.asp?id=7034 – Proposal for a truce on homosexual issues by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana?


    Comment by Jan | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. See if this works.


    It if an article dated Aug 18 entitled “The Enemy Within”.


    Comment by Jan | August 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great! I believe it’s true…we are tempted by our own desires we put in front of God! Lord help me Jesus! I try to stay in the word talk to people who are striving to seek God but still fell….I don’t what to Grieve God Word..but I am weak at times…Lord help me!


    Comment by mark humphrey | February 3, 2016 | Reply

    • We are all weak at times Mark. Thank God for grace! God picks us up from our fall and sets us back on the right path!


      Comment by raymcdonald | February 12, 2016 | Reply

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