Wisdom for Temptation (James 1:13-18)
Topic: Sermons Passage: James 1:13–1:18
This Sunday, we will be continuing our new study in The Book of James. Some have called James’ epistle the New Testament’s Proverbs. It is certainly full of practical teaching and wisdom. Last week, we were introduced to the book’s divinely inspired author, the Apostle James, Jesus’ younger brother. We were instructed “to count it all joy” when we “meet trials of various kinds.” That is pretty tough. But we can trust that God is good, and that He is in control, even if we feel like He is not. When life is appears to be spinning out of control, God is still on His throne in Heaven, and He is still good.
Difficult times can cause us to doubt God’s goodness. This week in James 1:12-18 we are going to see what James has to say about our temptations. Often times of stress, disappointment, and hurt feelings can provide the context for us to succumb to temptations. James will help us rightly understand where those temptations come from and remind us that God gives us only good and perfect gifts.
Our unchanging Lord saved us for a purpose. What is that purpose?
Hint: It is not to give up, to lose hope and despair when enduring trials or facing temptations. He did not save us so we would face our temptations alone. He saved us for something wonderful. We have a glorious purpose.
I am looking forward to bringing the congregation God’s word this Sunday. Please come and taste and see that the Lord is good!
In His grip,
RE James Murphy