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06/22/2017

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The Endurance Of Temptation


"Blessed be the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures" (Jas.1:12-18).

You may have noticed that this morning's reading is rather long, but it must be to complete the thoughts promoted by James. Those who follow Jesus must be prepared to suffer with the Lord is a theme that never goes away in the New Testament. For James, endurance and trials go together... The reason that trials are to be considered as occasions for joy is that those who endure will be approved by God and he will receive the crown of life....Interesting enough, the word crown most often refers to a wreath placed on the heads of victors in the games. Since it is a symbol of victory rather than lavishness, the word crown would be better translated as "life's wreath of victory." Another thing that James urges his readers to do is take responsibility when they have failed to resist sin. In what we refer to as "The Lord's Prayer," Jesus said, "do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" in Matt.6:13. James makes this one thing crystal clear; in no way does God want to induce sin in His people so that He can judge them guilty... If one argues that God is the source of temptation they maintain that He actually takes delight in evil. Although we may not be able to comprehend all of His providential purposes on a human level, we can be sure of this; God's desire is for goodness rather than evil to emanate from His people... When we pray for deliverance from temptation, it ought to be a petition that the Lord will help to keep us from the circumstances where they might be inclined to succumb to evil. It ought to be accepted without reservation that the Lord will not by design, place His people in settings because He wants to see them fail... Lets all act like we are indeed His first fruits....

Have a good day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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