Big Idea

Pastor James had already explained that temptation springs from wrong desires (1:13-15). Now he focuses on the ugly consequences of seeking for pleasure rather than for God’s Kingdom. Thankfully, God’s grace provides a path to restoration for those who humbly surrender their personal preferences for His Kingdom purposes.

Application / Reflection

  • Write: Wisdom from above examines personal desires. Reflect on your long-term and immediate goals. What brings you the most delight? What do you long for? What do you wish you had in order to make your life complete? As you think about this, consider how your passions can come more into alignment with Kingdom values rather than those of the world.
  • Pray: Pray for strength and wisdom as you submit to God and resist devilish desires. Trust in God’s grace as you pray for clean hands and a pure heart. Draw near to God, humbling yourself to His purposes. As you pray, be aware of how the Spirit is lifting you to a new dimension of dependence on God’s faithfulness.
  • Share: James quoted Proverbs 3:34 when he wrote, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Discuss how this resistance is also an act of God’s grace. What does it look like when the humble receive God’s grace? When have you experienced either one of these aspects of God’s grace? Share your experience and what you learned

By Kirsten Stigleman

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