James has been teaching us that you can give into the desire or temptation if you choose to do so. But you need to know that when you give in to temptation, that decision takes you someplace.
According to James, when sin gets full grown, it leads to death. James 1:15 tells us, “After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Temptation can lead to sin, but it doesn’t have to. It is wise to remember that whenever you are tempted. And should you choose to give in to temptation, which leads to sin, you need to be advised that sin can ultimately lead to death.
People love to dabble in sin.
Sin may be fun for a while, but there is a price to pay. Sin takes you further than you intended to go. Sin keeps you longer than you intended to stay. Sin costs you more than you intended to pay. When you are tempted, don’t blame God. Take responsibility.
The Bible contains the message of hope. Jesus came and lived and died for us. Through the cross, he provides forgiveness for our sins. That’s how we experience new life in Christ.
That is why we can have hope today. Our hope is rooted in our relationship with Christ. No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter what you have been, there is hope in Jesus.
James is trying to tell us that no matter how hard things may seem, no matter how tough the temptation gets, no matter how intense the trial may be, God is faithful.
He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. God will never mislead you or forget you.
When you fall, he will be there to lift you up. When you fail, he is willing to forgive. When you are weak, he is strong.
When you are hurt, he brings healing. He mends us when we are broken. When I am lost, he is the way. And one of these days, when I face death, he will carry me home.
Even in the midst of all of the temptation and trials that may come our way in life, God is faithful, God is good and he can be trusted. Look to him today.
He will enable you to overcome in the midst of your difficulty or temptation.
That’s the truth, according to James. Christianity with no spin, unfiltered, unadulterated and uncensored.
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