by Jerry Vines

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Temptation in Slow Motion (5 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 1:13-16

One of the reasons I enjoy the book of James so much is it deals with daily life. James talks about the things that you and I encounter on a daily basis. He has already talked about trouble and when troubles come. He has talked to us about the need for wisdom in the daily decisions we make. He has even talked about the economic distinctions that we all observe and know. Now he moves to another area that is a matter of daily concern to everyone of us. He takes up the subject of temptation.

When you look at the word temptation in the first chapter of James, you will discover that it is used in two different ways. In verse 2 he says, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall in divers (many kinds) of temptations." Now, in verse 13 he says, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted." The use of the word is different in the two verses. In the second verse he is talking about the testing or the trials which God sends our way. In verse 13 he is talking about the temptations which come into our life from Satan.

The Lord tests us to bring out the best in us. Satan tempts us in order to bring out the worst in us. So in the context of the verses we're going to study, I'm going to talk about the matter of temptation, enticement to sin.

The Bible says here, "Let no man say when he is tempted." Did you notice that there is no doubt here about the fact that temptation will come? He didn't say, "If a man is tempted, if a person is tempted," but, "When we are tempted." The first verse of scripture I memorized after the Lord called me to preach was I Corinthians 10, verse 13. That verse says, "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."

Temptation is commo ...

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