1. The problem we face. (Verse 13) “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone...” A. To often when we give into temptation, we blame others rather than taking responsibility. B. We do not take time to really think rather than react. We act according to our desires and feelings rather than God’s word. Proverbs 2:11”Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”
2. The process of temptation. (Verses 14-15) “...but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death”. A. There is a progression in these verses. Own evil desire - Temptation – external and internal Enticed – Attraction Desire - Compulsion Opportunity – Conception Submission – Subjection Subjection – Destruction
3. The provision against temptation. (Verse 16) “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.” A. Deception can be avoided with better self awareness. B. Deception can be avoided by seeing things as God sees them. C. Deception can be avoided by a continual dependence on God.