Desire and Temptation

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. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15, NIV)

I can’t do it on my own, I’ve learned that. Every time I try to, I get in the way and create more problems than if I would’ve just stayed still, letting the moment pass. Maintaining a clear and steady mind is the goal. My desires interfere with the true purpose of my life, and when I try to take control of a situation, instead of letting it naturally fall into place, chaos arrives, peace is removed, and then ultimately, death is born—in the sense of gaining fruit from that particular season of life.

Ask yourself: what desires prevent you from truly living, and if you could remove that desire, how would your life reach its full potential?

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