Be Not Deceived {{Trials & Temptation}}

“God cannot be the author of temptation, which thus leads to sin and death, because all good and perfect gifts, and these only, come from him (Pulpit Commentary).”


In James 1:16-18, we are reminded that God is a good God. Quite bluntly, James tells us – “Don’t be deceived, my brothers and sisters (vv. 16).”

Oh, how we have been deceived! The world we live in, tries its hardest to convince us that God is out to hurt us. This is why most of us seldom think before asking “If God is so good, then, why is this happening to me?”

All the Devil has to do is get us to ask the wrong question. We have no answer, because we often ask the wrong question.

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In Genesis

… we find Eve in a dialogue with the temper himself (the Devil). It is important to note that he is “crafty beyond any other wild animal God has made” (Gen. 3:1). The Devil entered with a question. A question is posed to Eve, and there it starts.

Sin is born from giving into temptation.

In Our Lives

How can we, as God’s people, cling to His truth – even when our desires are for something else (maybe even sin)?

Knowing God’s Word in these moments are so crucial. As we face our own heavy trials (and accompanied temptations), we need to remember what God teaches us through James 1:16-18.

“So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures (The Message).”

Trials alone can throw us off-course in our faith walk with King Jesus. But when we add in the temptation to sin, we can doubly enter trouble we have never imagined before. We are urged, my brethren, to not be deceived. Let’s not underestimate the power of Jesus working on our behalf – as we draw near and resolve to know the truth!

In our trials, we need to stand guard. This is where victory in Jesus is found. He wants to help us in our circumstances.

God is good and does good. God will equip us. God will carry us through the storm, even when it feels like we are losing. That’s why we can place our hope in Jesus Christ and hold onto His truth, friends.

Running to Victory

I want to suggest three ways to put today’s message into action, which are as follows –

  1. Deepen your walk with Jesus Christ, by making your relationship with Him a priority, through time in the Word and prayer.
  2. Focus on your fellowship with God.
  3. Remove stumbling blocks that take your eyes off of Christ.

Jesus resisted the Devil, by being totally prepared. How can you begin to prepare yourself to resist the Devil? 

Read Matthew 4:1-11; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:7-9; Joshua 1:8-10;  1 Corinthians 15:58