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
Often when we are going through temptations, we don’t consider ourselves to be blessed. Think about what your going through with this Pandemic, everyone has suffered something in some way. God is asking you to endure this temptation , put your faith and trust in Him, and you will receive the Crown of Life
Now when we talk about these things, many might not be interested in a Crown of Life. This is because you don’t have a eternal perspective, you are only looking at things from a temporal perspective. Eternity is a long time to be wrong, put your faith in the one who offers eternal life, Jesus Christ!
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:13-14
Often we like to blame God for our sin, we when people fall into the temptations of alcohol or sexual immorality, they will say “God made me this way” However this is a lie from Hell, God actually says the opposite. Whenever you are tempted it did not come from God, it comes from Satan and the sinful nature of your flesh. Blaming God for your sin wont work on judgement day!
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15
So how can we avoid sin? Well God tells us Sin begins in your mind. We imagine or fantasize about a sin, this is where we need to put a stop to it! When we allow Sin to be planted in our minds, eventually it overcomes us and then it produces the physical act of sin. This is why we should avoid things that will infiltrate our minds with perverse things such as music, movies, pornography ect
Focus your eyes and mind on Christ! This is why a strong prayer life is essential for fighting these spiritual battles, to empower you mind to kill these temptations and avoid sin. Endure the temptations of this world and you will receive the Crown of Life through Jesus Christ! Amen!