Don’t Even Think About It–James 1 Part 3

I still remember my teacher saying, “Whenever you point your finger to blame others, you have three fingers pointing back at you!” While the principle is somewhat juvenile, the axiom holds true–shifting blame is usually a guilt response.  It started with Adam and has carried through the  generations without much improvement.  

The most ironic twist is our tendency to blame God. Adam’s famous line, “The woman you gave me made me eat it…” ugggh! We first have to align on the principle–God wants us to remain free, so he will never set a trap to ensnare us!!! To accuse God of leading us into sin, is as ridiculous as accusing any loving dad of drawing his precious children into harm. We would never do that–AND, God certainly would not! 

We sin, because we are sinners.  It is spiritual muscle memory.  We are so used to being rebellious, that we naturally fall right back into it when we are not attentive to his leadership.  That is why he calls us to follow, worship daily and seek him tirelessly.  We will still sin, but, the more we remain focused upon Him, the more we can distinguish his voice from the world and the enemy’s voice. 

Then, if we listen, he will navigate us past many of the traps and temptations we face daily. There is no one that wishes us success more than the one that created, sacrificed and desires to be with us!  He is a loving father, and he wants to be close and on the same trail!

God Bless You

Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God[d] has promised to those who love him.

13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God,” since God is not tempted by evil, and he himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 By his own choice, he gave us birth by the word of truth so that we would be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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