Apostle Grace Lubega
James 1:13-15 (KJV); 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: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Temptation is misunderstood by some Christians. This misunderstanding is often demonstrated by the fact that believers assume that God tempts them to test their strength or commitment to Him.
Our theme scripture cautions us never to claim we are tempted by God.
It is doctrinally wrong to teach that God uses evil to tempt people. Temptation is an ingredient of lust. A man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust.
Lust is a womb that conceives sin.
Rather than claiming to have been tempted by God, we should instead understand what true hunger is and how to distinguish it from lust because when one lusts, he is drawn into temptation.
To assume that God tempts men is to imply that He birthed lust in the spirit of a man. He is not a God of lust; He creates in us desires that beget responsibility.
FURTHER STUDY: Numbers 11:34, James 4:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: To assume that God tempts men is to imply that He birthed lust in the spirit of a man. He is not a God of lust; He creates in us desires that beget responsibility.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for helping me to distinguish between lust and hunger. Because I do so, I overcome temptation and stand strong in the face of the enticements of the enemy, in Jesus’ name, Amen.