We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Hannah Puder.
“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:16-17
Expressing gratitude and thankfulness when facing temptation jolts against our natural inclinations to (1) give into that temptation, or (2) view the temptation as an intentional trial from God to develop our character. The two verses preceding our reading for today layout the goodness of God, not His intentions to tempt us with evil:
- “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” (James 1:13 & 14, NIV)
- James reaffirms to us that God is good. In fact, He is absolutely good and as a loving Father only wishes good gift upon His kids (v17).
It is the Enemy who tempts us to give into our sinful nature. The Enemy would love for us to think that it is God who tempts us so that he can create doubt in our minds of God’s goodness and faithfulness. But thank God, for He IS faithful!
Even when we give into our own selfish desires, if we come to Him in true repentance, He is faithful and just to forgive us and His mercy never runs out. (Psalm 51:17, 1 John 1:9, Lamentations 3:22-23). He loves us more than we can possible imagine and that is something to be thankful for!
Heavenly Father, today I declare, “Great is your faithfulness!” Thank you for being a loving Father and for only having good in mind for me (Jeremiah 29:11). Take authority over every thought and temptation that is not of you and I declare that the enemy has no stronghold in my life. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). In Jesus’ name, amen!
What temptations do you face in your life? Recognize that it is the enemy who comes to kill steal, and destroy you, not your Heavenly Father who tempts you. Thank the Lord for His faithfulness to bring you through that temptation and take authority over the enemy’s attacks against your life. You have the victory through Christ Jesus! (1 Corinthians 15:57).
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