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God is not a Tempter

“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. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:13-14)

Too many times, Christians try to prove why they are going through hardships, by believing that God is testing them. I know the scripture above uses the word “tempted”, but this is one of the scriptures many people use to explain why things happen to them. As the scripture states, “God does not tempt us.” He does not have to. Nor does God send trouble in our life to test us. He already knows what we will do in any given situation. This is why He gives His word to tell us to choose life.

Choosing to live by the Word of God, will get us where we need to be quicker than any trial, tribulation, or test. We go through hardships because of choices we make. God may use our hardship to bless us, but this is not the same thing as “putting something on you”, or “testing”, or “tempting” us. And He will always bring us through whatever hardships we experience. Lessons learned are not because God did something against us to decide if we will pass a test. He’s God! And He’s a great teacher. He does not need to teach by putting us through hardships. Hardships are the result of bad choices; and our lessons are learned by what WE do, not by what God does to us. When we do not heed to God’s warnings about impending dangers and circumstances, a trial will ensue.The other side to this is, there are times when we will suffer for the cause of Christ, and not just for making bad choices. We will learn some things even while being obedient, but again, God does not bring bad things or situations upon us.

Some things we suffer, we learn from them through our suffering.  Jesus, for example, “learned obedience from the things He suffered”. What He suffered was not to make Him a better person while on earth. He was already perfect as a man. In fact, He never, ever committed any sin or disobeyed God, the Father, yet He still suffered.

“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” (Hebrew 5:8)

It is always a better choice to go through hardships for the cause of Christ, than it is for doing wrong, making bad choices, and disobeying God.

In the final analysis, when we are tempted, let us remember that God does not tempt us. It is “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. Lust and pride are the things that get us into trouble.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)

Giving you strength for the journey,
Dr. Wendy

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