Wednesday June 8, 2022

Wednesday – June 8th – James 1:13     -------      
1:13) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

Welcome to mid-week Wednesday!  Yes, we are halfway through our week already. If you were able to watch the teaching this week on sharing our faith from our series – “Who We Are”, then the big question is it going with your actions and reactions to life? Sharing who we are as followers of Jesus is primarily grounded in how others observe our life. Our actions and reactions establish the credibility for when words do come out of our mouth. Yes, as noted in 1 Peter 3:15, we are always to be ready to share with others our own personal hope we have in Jesus. On the surface this sounds like something every believer should be able to carry out, the reality is that many of us would probably have to give some thought to how we would say it in a few minutes or less. As we begin the journey to the weekend let us all make a commitment to be able to have our “hope in Jesus” story ready at a moments notice. We never know when God will have someone cross our path that needs to hear where our hope is based.
    In our pick verse for today, James addresses a theological misnomer of his day – and I suspect an equally inaccurate belief in our day. People who have become followers of Christ and who experience trials in their life can begin to wonder why they still are tempted. The devil can push us to question in our minds if in fact God is actually doing the tempting. Scripture is clear that while God will at times test people, God does not and will not tempt us by seducing any of us into committing a sinful action. Sin is against the very nature of God, so it is impossible for God to tempt a person to sin. It is the work of the devil is to tempt us into sin by encouraging us to reject God’s word, God’s will, and God’s way for our lives. The work of Jesus on the cross was to receive the penalty of our sin and to clear our record in the eyes of God. That which can separate us from God has been removed so we may spend eternity in God’s presence. Hmm.., maybe we should consider this as the foundation to assist us in developing our “hope in Jesus” story.

  Pastor Jim
Thursday – June 9th – James 1:15

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 29509). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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