apple_tempt_sinAs we discussed shortly in the introduction to sin, man sins in the same way that all other humans sin in. This order of sin is found in James 1:14-15 and we can learn a lot just from those 34 words!

We talked about lust and how it acts and what it brings to man, but what we haven’t discussed is temptation.

If we read James 1:13 tells us that God does not tempt man and if a man says He is he is being deceptive. But not only does God not tempt men but He also is not tempted by evil.

Wait! You may say, “what about Jesus”, He was tempted, right? It says so in Matthew 4:1-11. But, in the context of James 1:14 we read that man, in his sinful nature (Jesus was not born that way) “ . . . is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

See, there is a big difference between man’s temptations and God’s temptations for you can tempt God (Deuteronomy 6:16; Malachi 3:15; Acts 15:10) and man but you can only lead man away with temptation, you can not do this too God.

So, in short, being tempted as a man you can be lead into sin, but with God being tempted He cannot sin. Thus God can be tempted, but as the context of James 1:13 and 14 says, He can’t be lead away by evil, like man can (refer to following list).

How God is tempted:

God can be tempted (Deuteronomy 6:16; Malachi 3:15; Acts 15:10)

God can not accept temptation (James 1:13)

God can not be tempted in the way man is tempted (He can not sin in His temptation) (James 1:13-15)

How man is tempted:

Man can be tempted

Man can accept temptation

Man can sin in his temptation

See, for man, temptation is the starting point. And when man gets to that starting point the rest just falls into place as we discussed in the Intro for sin.

See, for man, temptation is the starting point. And when man gets to that starting point the rest just falls into place as we discussed in the Intro for sin.

But, it is vital to understand the importance of temptation in our world. First of all, when man is tempted he is starting to open the door for Satan to pounce on. Remember what God said to Cain when he was angry at his brother? The temptation was working its’ way to the doorknob and Cain was allowing it. God, however, gave him a stern warning:

“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

– Genesis 4:7

If Cain would’ve heeded God’s warning about sin than Abel would have been preserved and Cain would’ve had an entire different life! If only we would listen to and obey God’s directions.

We can see that Cain’s willingness to go along with temptation’s desires brought on his destruction and we can easily learn from the horrible mistake he made so long ago. Cain, though, is not the only door-opener to sin. We see that happening all around us.

Think of yesterday; remember one bad thing you did that day (yes, you did do something wrong), whether it be lusting/adultery (Matthew 5:28), thieving, lying, blaspheming the LORD’s name, etc. Now that you have that sin ready go ahead and match it up with what we know about temptation:

God has not tempted you (James 1:13).

You began to covet/lust (Romans 7:7) for sin (James 1:14).

You became enticed after the sin and decided to act on your lust (James 1:14)

We find that sin has a variety of tactics and when those tactics are applied to humans we find that many can not hold up to it. But, we do have hope:

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

– James 1:12