Lead Me Not Into Temptation
Lord, thank You that You know what it means to face the temptations I face and can help me overcome them.
Read JAMES 1:12-18
 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;  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.  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat do we see here that God does and doesn't do?
How do you deal with the tests and trials of temptation? It’s a significant and timeless question. We’ve seen how David succumbed, and here James barely gets past his opening greetings before diving into the subject. In his typically frank and practical style, James gets to the heart of the matter.
There’s a blessing for the one who perseveres through everything: a crown of life. But the prize itself hints at a battle. The crown James describes refers to a wreath placed on the head of a winning athlete or victorious military leader. Both discipline themselves to be focused and make tough choices for their ultimate goal. Both are sober about their strengths and weaknesses because they know that vulnerabilities could cost them everything.
However, the main key to perseverance is acknowledging where the battle lies, where discipline, focus and sacrifice are required. The battle lies within our hearts, where our human desires develop and entice us away from God. Our hope and strength is found in the giver of new birth, who is not some distant ruler, but our Father (17,18).
Talk to a close friend about your struggles with temptation and ask them to pray and hold you accountable.
Lord, keep me aware that being a faithful disciple is a daily battle. I want to be successful in following You.
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