Temptation - Enticed by our own desires

By | 15:43:00 5 comments
I don't know whether it's a Northern Ireland Christian Weird thing but quite often you'll hear someone talking about how the devil tempts them. The devil does this or leads them to do that...

James cuts through all this and proposes that probably the majority of temptations are from our own desires:

"But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire . . ." James 1:14

Let's not be like our first parents who tried to shirk responsibility for their sin onto someone else, but lets own up to it, confess and repent. It probably isn't the devil whispering in our ears (it might be) but it's most likely our own sinful desires birthing sin.

5 comments:

Tim Millen said...

Very true. Good post bro

Gary Boal said...

Cheers for the encouragement

Joel said...

In The Screwtape Letters, C S Lewis points out that the Devil's best tool isn't whispering ideas in your ear, but distracting you so you don't think too clearly about your own inclination to sin. That seems very reasonable to me.

Gary Boal said...

Great point Joel, and how we are distracted.
You know thats one i haven't rea, must get a hold of the screwtape letters.

Joel said...

Oh, do. it's a treasure trove of Christian common sense. (A commodity that seems to be harder to come by all the time.) :)