Dragged Away by Desire

James 1:13-14 — 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed (NIV).

God does not tempt anyone, nor would He ever want to. He does not desire to see His children stumble and fall. I would never set one of my sons up for failure, and our heavenly Father is no different. So where does temptation birth from?

Temptation is a product of our own evil desires; it is a craving of our fleshly nature. We can only be tempted by something we desire. For instance, I have never had any urge to consume drugs or alcohol. If someone were to come to me and offer me a drink or a joint, I would not hesitate to turn it down. On the other hand, someone who has a history of drug or alcohol abuse would have a more difficult time refusing such an offer.

King David apparently had a problem with attractive women; he had a roaming eye. The Bible says Bathsheba was a beautiful woman. Something about her caught his attention and perked his interest because he became consumed by a desire to be with her. That desire conceived and eventually gave birth to adultery (see James 1:15).

If David had thought Bathsheba was ugly, he probably would not have given her a second glance. The same is true for you. Satan does not waste his time tempting you with things you have no interest in. No, he carefully studies you and strategically sets sin traps for you.

Declare war on your sinful nature today! Ask God to give you a holy hatred for the sins your flesh desperately wants to commit. Live your life governed by righteousness, not by your evil desires. Fix your mind on the Spirit, and His desires will become yours.

Romans 8:5 — But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (NIV).

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