James 1:13-15 - Temptation and Sin.

James 1:13-15 (NLT) And remember, when you 
are being tempted, do not say, God is 
tempting me. God is never tempted to do wrong, and 
he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes 
from our own desires, which entice us and drag us 
away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. 
And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth 
to death. 

James 1:13-15 (NIV) When tempted, no one 
should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be 
tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each 
one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he 
is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire 
has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, 
when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 


   Where I live, Scotch broom blooms 
everywhere in spring. It spreads like a low thicket 
over pastureland, and even burning doesn't kill 
it. Scotch broom smells wonderful, but it's a 
problem when left to grow at will. Tiny seeds blow 
hither and yon, and soon there are sprouts along 
roads, in backyards, and in the "green space" meant 
only for native plants. If the sprout isn't 
removed quickly, Scotch broom will sink its roots 
and fan underground fingers that hold fiercely. 
It grows fast and vigorously, blooming like 
yellow fire across a hillside and casting another 
gazillion tiny seeds into the wind. 
   How like sin! It can start with a small 
thought, take hold, and send a mind reeling into 
action that brings heartache and spreads grief. Sin 
can look like the glittering lights of Vegas, 
smell like the expensive perfume of Paris, taste 
like a feast. Then the consequences set in. The 
lights go out in the morning, and you see the 
homeless and hungry people sleeping along the fences. 
The perfume smells stale and sickly. The "feast" 
turns sour in your stomach. 
   Scotch broom shows me how the tiniest 
seed can grow into a giant weed, and warns me 
that a thought can become an action leading to a 
habit that can destroy a life. How thankful I am 
that I don't have to give in to sin. First 
Corinthians 10:13 tells us, "God is faithful. He will 
not allow the temptation to be more than you can 
stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way 
out so that you can endure." The master Gardener 
can show us how to uproot the seeds of sin in 
our lives. 
   Father, help me to take sin seriously and 
remember that small choices lead to bad habits. I 
don't want sin to become rooted in my life! Thank 
You for being faithful and providing a way to 
escape temptation. Please give me the strength to 
take it. [Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers] 


   When I was a kid I was fascinated by 
fire. This prompted me to do some stupid things, 
like taking little green army men and lighting 
their plastic rifles on fire so I could watch them 
melt into little green puddles. Once, however, I 
was doing this on a piece of newspaper, which 
also caught on fire. So I grabbed the newspaper 
with the burning green army men and threw it all 
into a wastebasket. The wastebasket, 
unfortunately, was made of bamboo and it, too, was set 
ablaze. Thankfully I was able to put out the fire. 
   That is how sin works. It starts small, 
and then it grows out of control. That is what 
happened to Samson. He thought he could handle sin. 
He thought he could keep playing the game. But 
the devil knows how to package his wares. He 
knows how to sell his stuff. The devil sized up 
Samson and figured out that he was a he-man with a 
she weakness. He couldnt bring Samson down in 
the battlefield, so he brought him down in the 
bedroom. And he found a willing accomplice in Samson, 
who thought he could handle it. 
   Temptation comes in attractive packages, 
but for temptation to succeed, we must be 
willing participants. For temptation to work, there 
must be desire on our part. James 1:14"15 says, 
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us 
and drag us away. These desires give birth to 
sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it 
gives birth to death. 
   For the devil to succeed, we must listen 
to him, yield to him, and desire what he is 
offering. The devil can throw anything at us. He 
offers different kinds of bait. But it isnt the 
bait that constitutes sin. Its the bite. [By 
Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 
https://www.harvestdaily.com re Pro. 6:27] 

   When I was a kid, I was a snake collector 
and at one time thought seriously about becoming 
a herpetologist. I had boas, pythons, king 
snakes, garter snakes, corn snakes, and gopher 
snakes. And I caught a lot of those snakes myself. 
   I also have been bitten by many snakes. 
Thats because, unlike dogs, you never know what 
snakes are thinking. You know where you stand with 
dogs. If a dog likes you, hell wag his tail and 
lick you in the face. Even cats are more 
affectionate than snakes, which is saying a lot. But 
theres no affection with a snake. The only reason a 
snake likes to be held by a human is because 
its a cold-blooded reptile and likes the warmth 
of human contact. This is why snakes often sun 
themselves on rocks and other things. Theyre 
cold-blooded, and their brains are very small. 
   So a snake could be looking at you and 
thinking, I may bite you, but I dont really know 
what Im going to do. Thats a snake. 
There is no affection. 
   I read an article about a British man who 
kept an eight-foot python named Tiny in his 
bedroom, along with nine other snakes. After the man 
was found dead in his room, the coroner 
concluded, The most likely scenario is that Tiny was 
engaged with [him]. I have no doubt she was coiling 
around him.  I have to accept that Tiny is 
instrumental in [his] death. This man probably was 
strangled by his own snake, and that is tragic. 
   In the same way, sin can creep into our 
lives and we think, Its a tiny sin. I can 
handle this. This will never get me. Then the 
next thing we know, that tiny sin has 
strangled us. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 





1st of 28: Divine Dining: 
2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
Live ongoing series in progress.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 
Gibbs FGGibbs@abible.com