Read: James 1:13-15 Memorize: James 1:13-14 Pastor Josh September 3-9, 2015
So this is a bit of a different twist from what James has been talking about before. Now he is talking about tempted as a bad thing. He is not talking about trials anymore. We all know what it means to be tempted. James reminds us in verse 13 that, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:" In other words, remember who does the tempting. God test's, satan tempts. We can't blame others when we are tempted to do wrong, the fault is ours. Human nature has always blamed others for our faults and wrong doings. Look at Adam and Eve, they each blamed each other and the snake, but they both chose to do wrong.
Verse 14 goes further and says, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." We each are drawn into sin on our own. Proof that we can't blame others for what we do. We all know what we struggle with and yet how many times are we drawn into it. You ever thought, "man, this is great, I haven't been drawn to do that in a week!" And next time you turn around, you find yourself doing what you were just praising the Lord for. Satan knows exactly when to attack. I Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour." This is why it is so important to not let our guard down. When you think about having victory for a week, increase your guard watch and look out, Satan is coming!
Notice though, James says in verse 15, "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Being tempted is not sin! We are all tempted to do wrong, every day. Sin is sin when you give into the temptation. That is what James says, "when lust hath conceived". Christ was tempted, when he went into the desert for 40 days, Satan came to him to tempt him. This is proof that we can have victory over temptation as well.
Sin, as you know, came into the world by Adam and Eve's choice. With that choice, we all are born sinners (Romans 5:12). Once sin entereted into the world, death came with it (Romans 6:23). Christ died for our sins (John 3:16). So, remember from James, God doesn't tempt us, temptation is not sin, and we can have victory over the temptation. Be on your guard!