James – Session 2 (James 1:12-18)

Our Desire

We talked last week about external trials and how God has a sanctifying purpose for them in our lives. God wants them to change us, to develop us in our walk with Him. James then pivots to internal temptations. We have been made in God’s image. But we are broken. Inside us lives a pernicious evil. James makes clear what does and does not come from God.

The Study: Here are a few questions to think though as you prepare for this Sunday:

  • What do you think it means to be “blessed”? (1:12)
  • What is the source of temptation James does not allow? (1:13)
  • What is the process of temptation James outlines? (1:14-15)
  • What is the ultimate end of the sin in our lives? (1:15)
  • How is light described in 1:17?
  • How are we brought forth? (1:18)
  • Who is it we are ultimately supposed to reflect? (1:18)

As the Lord leads, read through James 1. Meditate and study through James 1:12-18 as you prepare for this coming Sunday. The memory verse for this week is James 1:14-15.

The Memory Verse:  James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. [15] Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

The Passage: James 1:12-18 (ESV)

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. [13] 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. [14] But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. [15] Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

[16] Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. [17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. [18] Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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