DIG for Friday the 20th of March…..temptations, trials and tests are not from God but can be used by God…..James 1 v 13

How often have you heard the following when you are in trouble or in a bad situation, “well God must have a purpose for putting you through this”?


God does not put temptations, trials or tests upon us.

He does not use illness, poverty, pain or anything evil to “try” or “test” us.

But what about James 1 v 2 to 4 then where it quite clearly says that we can be “improved” through temptations and trials?

I agree with that, but what I disagree with is the source of the temptation or trial.

Nowhere in those verses does it say God sends them.

Indeed if people would only look further on in this book they would see that truth.

God does not tempt us with evil (James 1 v 13) and poverty, illness and pain are clearly evil (Deuteronomy 28).

Yes God can use them to help us in our walk and in our life.

This is a very important truth as if people think something is from God they will have less of an emphasis to resist it.

Pain, illness and poverty are from the enemy and we are meant to resist him.

Healing and abundance are from God (3 John 2) and we a re to submit to Him.

Resist the things of the enemy and submit to the things of God, that is what we should be doing (James 4 v 7).

This assumes that we know what is from God and what is from the enemy; this can be learned from His Word.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want the best for us, you want us to live in health and prosperity”.

James 1 v 13…..Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man