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James 1:12-18 Temptations, Desires and Sin


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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  1. thank you for sharing, you explain it so well. I am loving this James study. :)

    God Bless you!

  2. This really speaks to me, thank you so much for encouraging me today with this!
    Drastic measures, yes yes!!! It makes sense to me now!

  3. Katherine says:

    Dear Courtney. You’re website has blessed my family so much. I am thankful. This is my first structured bible study. It is working for me and I am motivated and enjoying learning in this way. God Bless you, Katherine (United Kingdom)

  4. Jodi Kresge says:

    Thank you for sharing your struggle in your own life and how you used God’s Word to break the power if sin and darkness. Could you tell me what you use to find the Greek words and their meanings when you do your study?

  5. Thank you so much for your insight and practical life stories. I am so thankful to be going through this study at this time in my life. I am experiencing a lot of temptations and trials, but God is being faithful to me and I’m learning to look to him.

  6. I shared the same Proverb with my group at the beginning of the week! I used the New Living Translation. God is so awesome! Thanks, Courtney, for your insights during this Bible study. ~ New England Good Morning Girls

  7. Thanks Courtney for breaking things down and giving examples. Have a great weekend!

  8. Lisa Maria says:

    Hi Courtney! You have such a talent for explaining God’s word in ways that make it easy to understand. Thank you for all that you do to build up God’s Kingdom. God Bless!

  9. I was just going to follow along and do the James Bible study on my own. I mentioned it on my Facebook page and ended up with a group of 12. We are enjoying it so much! Thanks!

  10. Love the video, Courtney! I’m learning so much from this James study.

    I’m ashamed to admit this but I have never been consistent in Bible study. I would commit and never follow through. For the first time in my life, I’m doing Bible study in the morning first thing. I cannot tell you what a difference this has made in my life already.

    Thank you so much for being faithful to God and for facilitating this study.

    Love ya!

  11. Thank you everyone! It is SOOOO exciting to have you all along for the journey – my heart could explode with thanksgiving for all of you!!! Thank you for commenting!

    Jodi – I use a Strong’s Concordance to look up my greek words – if you don’t have a Concordance at home then go to this website and use their on-line concordance:


    Great question!
    Keep walking with the King!

  12. What a great message Courtney!

    I always freeze my temptations so that I have to unthaw one before I get to eat it. That way I cannot eat them at the exact moment I receive the urge, sometimes SOMETIMES I foget all about it and do not have it at all!

    blessings & giggles

  13. Becky Bishop says:

    Your insights are helping me so much. I have been married for 24 yrs and am blessed with a wonderful man. Problem was, we never really knew how to treat each other. This is really helping me to get back on track and couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. Thank you for following the Lord.

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