Google+ 08/21/13 Don't Blame God...It is Not His Fault!

James 1:13-16

 

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”

God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

These desires give birth to sinful actions.

And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.

 

In part three of our seven-part devotion series entitled, "Actions speak louder than words," we turn to the half-brother of Jesus for some very wise thoughts from God.  James reminds us that God is never tempted to do wrong, nor does He tempt us.  I often hear people proclaim that evil things are "God's will."  That simply is not true.  God did not create sickness or death.  God does not condone or use gossip or slander for any purpose.  God does not tempt us into evil behaviors of any kind.  Satan does that!  James tells us exactly where these kinds of things come from in our lives.  Temptations come from our own desires which constantly mislead us and send us down the wrong path.  James says these desires give birth to sinful actions.  Finally, James tells us that we cannot allow sin to grow.  Remember, the Bible tells us that "the wages of sin is death."  As Christians, we must be responsible for our actions.  Part of the fruit of the Spirit is temperance or self-control.  The Holy Spirit will guide us, if we will listen, and not allow our own desires to drag us away from God.  One of my "pet peeves" is the saying that many of us exclaim when we get angry.  "You make me mad" is a popular way of blaming someone else for our lack of temperance or self-control.  I have a response for this exclamation.  I look people in the eye and say, "No, you did that all by yourself!"  Satan is the person we allow to influence us in the areas of lying, stealing, anger, envy, or jealousy.  God is not the tempter in our lives.  God is our encourager.  As you walk through life today, be responsible for your actions.  Give credit where it is due.  When we are helpful, cheerful, kind, and joyful, realize that God is working through the Holy Spirit to guide our lives in a positive direction.  Give God the glory and be righteously proud that we were temperate enough to obey God.  When our actions are not holy, repent and renounce Satan.  Above all else, don't blame God...it is not His Fault!