Here’s a copy of some of my notes from this week’s study:
V.12 – The “crown of life” could mean a literal crown or it could mean a crown “which is” eternal life. The ultimate reward for believers is eternal life.
V. 14 – The word “desire”in the NIV is translated in the Greek to epithumia which means lust, or a longing for what is forbidden. Ask yourself – “what forbidden longing do I have that is going to drag me into sin?”
V.14 – The word “enticed” in Greek is deleazo which means to entrap or allure…our desires lure us into sin.
V.15 The word “conceived” in the Greek is sullambano which means to seize, capture, or catch. Once our desires lure us into temptation - we are captured!
V. 15 The word “sin”in the Greek ishamartia which means missing the mark.
V. 15 – The word “death”in the Greek is thanatos which means deadly. Sin seperates man from God.
Proverbs 19:3 says “A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.”
This Proverb speaks to the person who is angry with God for their problems in life yet sometimes it was their own folly or their own evil desires that created the very problem they are in.
When we lack wisdom and let our inner longings take control, we birth sin. Sin seperates us from God. Sin is NOT a spontaneous act…it’s a process and all of the joy, maturity and wisdom that God wants us to have in James 1:1-8 is lost the minute we give into our temptations. But we serve a loving, merciful, changeless God who forgives us when we repent of our sin. So if/when you fall into temptation – turn to Jesus – don’t hide or run or rage against him. Simply fall at his feet and repent. He loves you so.
Keep Walking with the King!
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