Overcoming the Temptation to Sin

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:13-14

Sometimes our perspective on situations can change, even though the situation or task may be the same. If I were to ask you to walk on a 6-inch-wide plank laid down along a sidewalk, you’d very likely have no problem. But if I were to take that same plank and suspend it 200 feet high between two buildings, your perspective would be quite different.

That’s exactly what happens with temptation, isn’t it? We walk through our daily lives and think, “Hey, this isn’t so bad. I can handle this.” But then someone or something changes our
circumstances and we get scared. So we take our eyes off of the task at hand and allow fear to push us into giving in to temptation.

The truth is that obedience is obedience no matter what circumstances we face. The difference is our perspective. It’s usually easy to be honest with your work issues in times of success. But when the sales stop coming in, or the staff begins to accuse you or speak ill of you, the temptation is there to do underhanded things. It’s not that God’s standards have changed, but your perspective on them has.

So the question is, are you going to trust God at His word through all circumstances? Or, are you going to let fear take hold in your heart and give in to temptation? Perspective changes, but God’s Word never changes. Cling to the truth in all circumstances and keep your focus on God!




About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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