The Source of Temptation

James 1:13-18

Where does temptation come from? Sometimes the desire and craving for things upon the earth are almost unbearable. We see something and we know that it is wrong, that we should not have it or do it, but the desire and craving become so strong that we can hardly stand it.

This is what temptation is: the desire and craving for wrong things, things that God forbids and that are harmful to our human bodies and spirits. No matter what it is-even if man justifies and says that it is acceptable-it is sin if God says that it is wrong and if it harms our bodies and spirits.

When we feel an urge or craving for such things, we are being tempted to do evil, and we are to flee from evil temptation. Now, where does temptation come from? Take any of the things mentioned above, why do we desire and crave them? What causes the urge for them? Knowing the origin of temptation will help us tremendously in conquering the trials and temptations of life.

I. Temptation is not of God. v13

II. Temptation is of man, of his own lust. v14-16

III. Temptation is not of the nature of God. v17-18

We must realize the tragic consequences of temptation. Understand that we cannot blame God…we must accept responsibility. God will deliver us!

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:13).