James 1:13-14

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11 September, 2019

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JAMES 1:13-14

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

TO PONDER

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between testing and tempting? We know that God tested Abraham's faithfulness when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. We might also think of other Old Testament heroes like David as he fought Goliath, Daniel as he faced the lions den, perhaps even Job as he suffered through all his ordeals. The thing about all these times of testing or trial is that they drew these people into a closer relationship with God, a deeper dependence on him. Temptation on the other hand is a tool of the enemy to draw us away from God. If you ever find yourself trying to decide if you are being tested or tempted, ask yourself just this one question, "Am I feeling drawn to rely on God, or am I feeling distant from him?" God will never drive you away, you can be sure of that!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your unending love and faithfulness. Help me to recognise those times when you are calling out to me, to return to your loving arms. Amen