His Own Evil Desire

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Temptation - James 1:13-15 - Evil Desire - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Temptation – James 1:13-15 – Evil Desire – Growing As Disciples

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. James 1:13-15 (NIV)

Desire

You are too close. I am too close to what? You are way too close to what feeds evil desires within you. I’m not sure what you mean by that. How are you most likely to be tempted? Where and when and how are you most vulnerable to temptations? You want me to be aware of my vulnerabilities? Yes, I do. You want me to think about where and when and how I am most likely to be tempted? You got that right. How often have you been tempted by something that was completely unexpected? Not very often. Isn’t it true that most of the time you can predict when, where and how you will be tempted? Yes, that is true. You also know your vulnerabilities quite well, isn’t that true? Yes, that is also true. So, you know exactly what I mean when I say that you are way too close to what feeds evil desires within you. Yes, I guess that I do. You guess? No, I know exactly what you have in mind. What are you going to do about you being too close to what feeds evil desires in you? First, I will need to take a detailed inventory of what I am allowing myself to be close to that is feeding evil desires within me. Then, I will separate myself from anything that is feeding evil desires within me. I will put anything that is feeding evil desires within me on a famine diet. That will be good.

You are not close enough. I am not close enough to what? You are not close enough to what feeds righteous desires within you. I’m not sure what you mean by that. What will strengthen you against temptation? What will make you able to stand against temptation? What have I given you to help you to live the righteous life that I have called you to live? What will fight in you, with you and for you as you face temptations? You have given me your word. Your word will strengthen me again against temptation. Your word will make me able to stand against temptation. Your word will help me to live the righteous life that you have called me to live. Your word will fight in me, with me and for me as I face temptation. That’s right. As you starve what feeds evil desires in you, will you feast on my word that will feed righteous desires in you? Will you resist evil and draw near to me? Yes, Lord, I will. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free to live your life for me. I will make you able to stand against evil. That is exactly what I want.

Lord, I know I cannot stand against temptations to sin with my own strength. I need you to use your word to change my heart and transform my mind so I will have your desire and strength to resist temptations to sin. Do your work in me. I am relying on you. Amen

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Evil Desire

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 6 - James 1:13-15 - Evil Desire - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 6 – James 1:13-15 – Evil Desire – Growing As Disciples

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. James 1:13-15 (NIV)

Dragged Away And Enticed 

Well, I certainly don’t want that. What don’t you want? I don’t want to be dragged away and enticed by evil desire. That’s good. What are you going to do about that? How will you protect yourself against being dragged away and enticed by evil desire? I thought you were the one that did all the protecting. Nice try. No, you have a role in your own protection. Let me think about that. Go ahead, think. Well, I do know when, where and how I am most likely to be tempted. I could make a firm decision to stay away from those times, places and circumstances that are most likely to tempt me. That is a good start. What else? I also know that there are things that feed temptation and evil desires to grow in me. I could also make a firm decision to eliminate anything from my life that feeds evil desire, that will try to drag me away and entice me to sin. That is very good as well. What else? I could make a commitment to turn and run from temptation when it first approaches me. Why would that be very good? Well, I have learned that temptation is a process. Yes, it is. It starts in the heart and mind and then continues on to action. Yes, it does. Once it is fully conceived it leads to death. I have had enough of that death. I want no more of that peace and joy destroying process to continue in my life. That’s good. Turning and running from temptation stops that process. Yes, it does. You have thought carefully about your role in resisting temptation. Would you like to learn how I will protect you from temptation? Yes, I would, that would be great.

How did I resist temptation? What helped me to resist temptation? You used God’s word to stand against temptation and resist evil. Yes, I did. The Holy Spirt will take God’s word and use it like a sword in your life. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to fight in you, with you, for you and through you. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to change your heart, transform your mind and protect your life. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to help you stand against temptation and resist evil desires. How does that sound? That sounds great. Yes, it is.

Guess what. I have another role to play in my own protection? Yes, you do. What is that role? I must come to meet with you in your word. I must live in an intimate relationship with you. I must let your word dwell in me richly. Then my earthly and evil desires will be replaced by heavenly desires that come from you. Then I will not be dragged away and enticed by earthly and evil desires that are a part of this world. That’s true. Will you allow my word to dwell in your richly? Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Will you allow me to give you desires that come from me? Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, at one time my thoughts and desires were earthly, unspiritual and even evil. I was easily dragged away, enticed and tempted. Not any longer. Thank you for using your word to change my heart, transform my mind and make me able to resist temptation. Amen

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