The Book of James
The Results of Trials
And the Remedies of Temptation
Temptation is Satan’s lure to drag you away from God into hell.
- Recognize the source of temptation.
James 1:13-14 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. (14)But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Can a trial from God result in a temptation?
Sin is looking to satisfy any desire apart from faith in God.
Romans 14:23b For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
- Recognize the process of temptation.
James 1:14-15 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (15)Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Matt. 6:22-23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, (23)but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
1 Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
2 Tim. 2:22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Pro. 24:16 …for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (15)For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (16)Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Prov. 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
3. Recognize how to overcome temptation.
James 1:16-17 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. (17)Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
- Avoid harmful situations.
- Fight with God’s Word.
- Develop healthy relationship.
James 1:18 (NLV) He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
John 14:15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
- Fall in love with Jesus.