Temptations & The Deceitfulness of Sin Part 3

This is the part 3 of the 4 part post, here are parts 1 and 2.

Thirdly, we must recognize that God is not the one tempting us.

The sovereignty of God should never be an excuse to blame God for the temptations we are facing. James 1:13 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” God can sovereignly decree that you go through trials and temptations, as the case with Job, but He himself will never tempt you. As a matter of fact, verse 14 explains where most of these temptations come from: “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.”

Fourthly, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “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.”

What Paul is saying here is that there is not a single temptation in our lives that is too hard for us to flee from. Every time you are face to face with sin, God is always pointing you to an escape route. There has never been, and will never be, a temptation in our lives that is impossible for us to stand up under it. What is even more comforting is that Jesus himself is able to empathize with our weaknesses, so we can approach his throne and seek his strength to be able to resist sin’s deceitfulness. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Heb. 4:15).

By Guest Blogger: Jesse Botella

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