Being Tempted is Good For your Faith? – James 1:2-4
James 1:2-4 : Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Today begins a series where I will carefully work through the book of James. You are welcome to join me in this journey!
When I began this journey deeper into God’s Word and God’s presence I thought that temptation and sin would become less, but in fact it has increased. As I have taken steps towards God, so the enemy’s attacks have increased. At first I found this quite shocking, but then I realised what was happening and rejoiced as it showed the enemy was worried – AND SO HE SHOULD BE. When it talks about troubles in this James passage, the greek refers to being tempted to sin, so as we experience this temptation we should be happy!! For as it says, ‘consider it an opportunity for great joy.’
James explains that when I am tempted it is actually an opportunity for my faith to grow! How does this happen? The key is that I don’t give up. The original greek speaks of being patient, enduring while suffering. It doesn’t say, life will be easy, temptation will be rare, it says that through the tough times, just keep going, keep trusting God, keep my focus on God. And through this my faith will continue to grow. And as James says, I will become perfect and complete, needing nothing. Wow!
So be encouraged if your life is tough, if temptation is full on.. keep on going!
Rev Mark Brown
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