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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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.” (James 1:13-14)


God has chosen us, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be tempted with evil!

We’re all familiar with the term temptation. It arises in many forms, from gawking over sexy images or engaging in pornography, to eating just one more jelly donut, to cursing out the belligerent employee or belittling parent, to not returning the extra $5 the cashier gave you by accident, to thinking evil thoughts about people who seem to be more successful than us. Temptation is inevitably a part of every Christian’s life.

Chosenness doesn’t exempt evil.

Just because God has chosen us, it doesn’t mean we’re exempt from temptation! Many of us hope that we could live this life free from the attacks on our character or the strength of our will, others of us [sadly] remember the joys of giving in to temptation and attempt to go back every now and again. However, we can’t live a life for the Lord and still hold hands with the enemy. We have to choose one or the other.

The verse above doesn’t say if one is tempted, but when one is tempted. We come to share that the evil of this world is going to happen and according to James, we often lead ourselves down Temptation Street. The word, “tempt” means "to entice to choose or do something unwise, wrong, or immoral; to test or scrutinize one’s will." Jesus himself was tempted, but he had to make a choice. Countless other bible heroes struggled with the temptation to sin, Paul certainly wrestled with it (Romans 7:14-25); Peter, Lot’s wife, even Martha tried to serve her way into Jesus’s heart, but he rebuked her. Being tempted isn’t the sin; giving in to the temptation is sin. It all goes back to choice.

God chose us, but He wants to experience us choosing Him! Jesus’ example in Matthew 4 shows us how He chose the Lord instead of temptation by continually redirecting satan to the WORD! What temptation have you denied lately in honor of choosing the Lord?

Let none of us think we’re too strong to be tempted. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, “Wherefore let him that thinks he stand, take heed lest he fall.” We are not exempt from the tempt! Even on our best day we are susceptible to the temptations and attacks of satan. Like our Savior, we have to make a choice.

The question is, now that we know that we’re chosen, will we choose the Father?

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