A short devotional on James 1:13-15. Want to talk? Send an email to email@example.com.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
I found the verse for today in the Book of James. James is a book that emphasizes the practical side of religion. He talks about prayer, doing good works, and the hypocrisy of claiming to have faith, but never living out that faith in a way that does good in the world.
He seems to be writing to people who believe they can't resist sin. I think we all have been there. We've been overwhelmed by temptation, and it seems like there is nothing we can do. But James points out what is really happening.
James 1:13-15 says:
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 person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
There is a progression. First we are tempted by our own desires. We want to do things that are not good for us or others. When we follow these we sin. And if we stay there and let sin grow, it will eventually kills us. Not a good end.
But here's the key. The beginning of the whole process is desire. It is not a sin to be tempted. Good people are tempted to do bad things, but it doesn't make them bad. It is the progression into sin, and that sin growing into death that destroys lives.
The secret, what God can do for us, is change our desires. Change our hearts. That's where the root of the problem is.
So the next time you are tempted to do something that's going to hurt people, rather than trying really hard to be good, instead ask God to change what you want.
God, please change my heart. Change my desires. Change what I want to do.
Thanks for connecting.
May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow