I heard a local Pastor who speaks at our church, cover these verses recently. I think that it is important to look at this passage in James, if we are not familiar with it. We are going to examine the Cycle Of Sin-From Start To Finish, in this post.
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.James 1:13-15
The Cycle of Temptation Then Desire
Sin has a cycle! Did you know that? All too often, we blame our temptations on someone else, God is who we often blame. God is never the one to blame though. He did NOT introduce us to sin. He actually died FOR our sin. Satan is the first one who tempted the first couple that God created. He started with Eve, in fact. Satan, the serpent, in this case, deceived Eve. Adam, however CHOSE to sin by eating the fruit that God specifically told him not to eat.
- Temptation– Temptation is not of God but by allowing our evil desire to drag us away and attract us
- Desire When Desire has attracted us, then conceives and it gives birth to Sin
- Sin when fully grown– at its ultimate point, results in death. It could be spiritual and physical. Sin ends by avoiding God! We stop caring about Him and about our sin.
The Cycle of Desire Then Sin
Desire is created when we are attracted to something. We can be attracted to a person, a food, an item in the store or any particular sin. The more we dwell on what we are attracted to, the more attracted we become, the more we are tempted to get or do something that we shouldn’t do. Then when we are fully attracted, and make the decision to buy, eat, do, or be with someone, then we Sin.
The Cycle of Sin Then Death
Sin results in death. I wrote above, that we stop caring about spiritual things, and we don’t care about our relationship with God when we are spiritually dead. We can even experience physical death too if we make such a huge mistake like drinking while driving, for example. When we stop caring about one sin, we usually stop caring about most sin! We don’t care about morals, about our language, about relationships, then about our spiritual condition like being around godly people we know and not hearing God’s Word.
I challenge you to think about the areas in your life that causes temptation, then look at the attraction, then what sinning, will lead you to. Do you see the cycle of sin-from start to finish?