“Every trial brings with it a temptation, every difficulty carries with it the opportunity to serve yourself, but the trial is not the ultimate source of the temptation.”

September 22, 2019

Whenever we experience a trial, temptation always follows close on its heels. As a result, we tend to assume that the trial is the source of the temptation. Our kids’ disobedience tempts us to be angry. The size of our home tempts us to discontentment. The response of our roommate tempts us to bitterness. But James teaches us that this is not where temptations ultimately come from. Temptation is caused by something far more internal.

Application Questions

  1. What do you tend to blame temptation on? What do you most often assume is the cause of your sinful thoughts, behaviors, or emotions?
  2. What are some of the “over-desires” that most often fuel your self-serving choices?
  3. How have you seen the indulgence in your temptations lead to death?
  4. How is the gospel the key to remaining steadfast under trial?
  5. How can you practically be reminded of the glory of the gospel in the moments when you face temptation?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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