If someone says that they are never tempted, I’ll just say they aren’t quite admitting the truth. We all are tempted. As we walk this path of righteousness, we may rejoice that we’ve overcome a habit, a taste, or a desire. God knows we’re not perfect, so He’ll allow another temptation to come around to show us that we still need work.
Based on our past, God is well within His rights to leave us in the hole we’re in to accept whatever judgement or fate we deserve. Yet, He doesn’t. God allows us to be tempted in order to purge and purify us. Temptation helps us see where our faults and flaws still lie. See, God is not trying to bombard us or make us feel inadequate. I Corinthians 10:13 (MSG) tells the reader that God will “never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it”.
He’s that parent that lovingly pushes His children toward a level of excellence. What kind of parent would want their child to walk around being sub-par or, at best, mediocre? What kind of master wouldn’t want his servants to reflect who he is? What kind of king wouldn’t want his heirs and his kingdom to share in his splendor and magnificence?
God does not tempt us. James tells us that “we have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust” (James 1: 14 MSG). Fortunately, through these temptations, God gives us the tools and guidance to overcome victoriously with a testimony to share with others. All we need to do is seek Him and He’s there. He’ll never let us down.
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James 1:13-14 (AMP) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion).
James 1:13-14 (MSG) Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.