Don’t Worry – Be Happy! – James 1: 12-15

James 1:

[12] Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

[13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

[14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

[15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

Why are we tempted?

Many people believe that God, as a loving God, should not allow bad things to happen to his children.

It is true that God loves us and doesn’t want bad things to happen to us, but when the enemy comes along with a temptation, we have the God-given right (free-will) to either go with it or stand against it.

We should never accuse God of bringing trials upon us. He does not tempt us – the enemy does!

We need to be very careful. Satan tries hard to keep us in sin. In many instances, when temptations come along, we find ourselves giving in, and then the problems start.

Our desires tends to put us on a path, where we no longer rely on God, but on ourselves, believing we are capable of getting everything we think we need. Usually these temptations are “wants” rather than “needs”. We accept the temptation and then blame God when they get too heavy to carry.

An example: We want a new car and the financing doesn’t work out. What do we do? We go desperately in search of getting our own financing and sure enough we get it. God knew we weren’t in a position to handle a new car payment, but we wouldn’t listen, the desire and temptation were very strong.

Soon the payments become heavy enough that we turn away from God, blaming him for not helping us in the first place and now for not getting us out of the situation that we are in.

James (the half-brother of Jesus) is writing to people who are struggling. Although they are Christians, they are miserable and find their lives full of hardships. They are blaming God!

James is telling them that the problems they suffer are due to their own selfish desires. He continues telling them that God himself is not enticed by temptations and that temptations do not come from Him.

He encourages the people; that instead of moaning about the difficulties, be joyful that they are learning important lessons.

James tells them to turn to God in faith and gain strength from Him to deal with all they are going through.

Those who can live in joy and peace, and continue to depend on Christ, in all circumstances, (good and bad) will be rewarded for their faith.

These faithful believers will be blessed with a crown of life (eternal life) which God has promised to those who love Him.

Jehovah – Shammah – The Lord is There

Father,

I confess that I have been enticed and lured away from you on many occasions. In those times I have wanted something that seemed never coming and so I have chosen to follow a wrong path to “make it happen”.

Over time and through many trials, I am now maturing in my walk with you. Do I always make the right choice? No. But I am learning and I thank you Lord for your love and grace as I grow.

I am finally at a point where I realize:

1.That I will be tempted.

2.I know that I must be prepared for temptation.

3.That I am susceptible towards sin and I must learn to overcome temptation.

4.And I know that I must assume personal responsibility for the choices I make.

5.I know that on the times when I may fail, that I must repent and stand strong in faith, without complaint.

6.I know that I must put on a happy face. I am not to moan and groan and complain about my situation but to be happy that I am learning a valuable; albeit hard lesson.

7.I know that during these times I must not turn away from you because that gives the possibility of me going down the wrong path, one that would lead me away from you altogether and bring me eternal death.

8.I know that I must turn immediately to you, especially in times of temptation. Staying close, with faith in You, regardless of my situation, will give me the crown of life – eternity with you.

Thank you Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen

An unknown author wrote:

Happy are those who remain faithful under trials because when they succeed in passing a test, they will receive as their reward, the life which God has promised to those who love Him.

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