James 1:12-15 (NIV):
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 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.”
These verses remind us that temptation is a common experience faced by all humans. However, God is faithful and provides us with the strength to resist temptation. We are encouraged to be vigilant, watchful, and prayerful, relying on God’s power to overcome temptation. The verses also caution us not to blame God for temptation, as He does not tempt us. Rather, we are warned about the influence of our own evil desires and the schemes of the enemy. By standing firm in our faith, relying on God’s strength, and resisting temptation, we can experience victory over sin and receive the blessings and rewards that God promises to those who endure and persevere.