Monday, September 03, 2007

James 1:14

but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
(NIV)
This is such an important concept to understand. Your temptations come from your own evil desires. If you spend all of your time focusing on your circumstances or the people around you or your genetics... then the battle will continue to rage.

The phrase "dragged away" is one word in the original, and it is normally used in hunting situations, when one would draw out an animal from its hiding place. The word "enticed" actually means to bait. Your desires... your lusts... are drawing you out and baiting you to sin.

I tried to think of a good way to word this, then JONO left a comment in the previous post that put my thoughts into words.
"...probably even more than the devil or worldliness is Me tempting Me.
The devil just exploits whats already there.
The kingdom of Me has big eyes and loves to tell you what I have & what I can do.....as fast as I deconstruct it to make way for the kingdom of God, I'm off making bigger and I wrongly think better plans for ME."
As we battle sin in our lives, we must go to the root of that sin, and that root is located deep within ourselves, in the kingdom of Me.

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