Temptation doesn't come from God, but everything good does. Cling to those truths to endure the trials and win the prize.
Published September 25th, 2021
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Since God has promised to bless those who endure trials faithfully, Christians can be clear-eyed and certain of two things (no matter what the world says): God doesn't tempt us to sin & God will give us what we need to grow into who he has called us to be.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test
he will receive v the crown of life,
w which God has promised to those who love him.
Let no one say
when he is tempted,
“I am being tempted by God,”
for God cannot be tempted with evil,
and he himself tempts no one.
But each person is tempted
when he is lured
by his own desire.
Then desire x when it has conceived
gives birth to sin,
and y sin when it is fully grown
brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from a the Father of lights
b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
c Of his own will
he d brought us forth
by the word of truth,
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.