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The devil entices us to meet our human, natural needs or wants in an ungodly way

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Temptation

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

Key Verses: James 1:14-15

but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

In our scripture for today, the apostle James is describing the stages of temptation as it leads to sin. Let’s look at the lessons he teaches: First, we are to always remember God is not the source of temptation, the devil is. God does not and cannot, by His own Holy Nature, tempt anyone to sin.

        Second, all of us have a human nature that is still subject to needs and wants! James calls this nature “evil” as he relates it to God’s purity!

Third, it is our needs or wants that the evil one focuses on when he schemes against us. The devil entices us to meet these needs or wants in an ungodly way. Having these desires is not particularly wrong… rather it’s “how” we choose to fulfill them that is all important!

Fourth, if we allow these “methods” that are ungodly to “conceive” in us – in other words, grow to life – we will, then, commit sin! Please note, it is only when we give approval to and participate in ungodly methods to get our needs or wants satisfied that we sin! Don’t allow the devil to make you feel guilty because you have the desires themselves.

Finally, if we allow sin to remain, spiritual death occurs! If we watch any TV shows that create temptations, we’re giving the devil a foothold. Most TV shows that we should avoid are acting out the ungodly methods of satisfying our desires. For example, God has given us the desire for sex, but wants us to fulfill that in the marital context; very few TV shows will teach that method!

Father, remind me not to laugh or gain any entertainment from ungodly sources. In Jesus’ Name, amen.