Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Our reflex so often is to lay the blame for our temptation elsewhere. This is a tendency that runs very deep in us, and we find it very easy to even blame God for the temptations we experience. But James counters this by reminding us of what God is like – He is un-tempt-able. He is utterly pure, and because of this, we can be sure he is not trying to trip us up. Instead we need to realize that our own desires are the cause of temptation. The desire to sin wells up within our own hearts. And when it does, it sets off a chain reaction that eventually leads to death. Sin doesn’t stop where we want it to. It keeps taking us further and further until we are eventually ruined. So when we are tempted, we must immediately run to God and take the way of escape that He provides. May the Lord help us today and in the week ahead.