Daily Bible Reading: James 1
Verse of the Day: James 1:13 – 15 – “ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.”
Notice four downward “D’s” in this passage. This is the path that leads us to a dangerous development. First is Desire. This is found in the phrase “his own lust.” The temptations come into our lives because of our sinful nature. Following this understanding, the next step down is Deception. We are shown this in the word “enticed.” This word pictures being caught by a baited trap. What is the bait? Our lust. Lust is a strong desire for what is forbidden. The third D is Disobedience (conceived sin). Our desires lead us to deception and this bring us to disobey God, and it ends in death, or horrible consequences.
Prayer: Spirit, keep me aware and wary of my desires. Let me only desire what God wants.