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James 1:12-16. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’…”. James 1:12-16.

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James 1:12-16

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’…”

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James 1:12-16

“...for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin…”

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James 1:12-16

“...and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”

(NKJV).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

I. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation…” (12a).

• Blessed - not because one is tempted but because one endures!

• Those who overcome inherit the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:3-7).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

II. “...For when he has been proved…” (12b). “Tried” (KJV)dñkimowdokimos

“In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. All money was made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled, it was necessary to smooth off the uneven…”

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

II. “...For when he has been proved…” (12b). “Tried” (KJV)dñkimowdokimos

“...edges. The coins were comparatively soft and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens, to stop the practice of shaving down the coins then in circulation. But some money changers were men of…”

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

II. “...For when he has been proved…” (12b). “Tried” (KJV)dñkimowdokimos

“...integrity, who would accept no counterfeit money. They were men of honour who put only genuine full weighted money into circulation. Such men were called ‘dokimos’ or ‘approved’.” --- Donald Barnhouse

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

II. “...For when he has been proved…” (12b).

• “Endures to the end, will be saved” (Matthew 10:21,22).

• Jesus was “proved” (Heb. 2:14-18; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:39-46).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

III. “... God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone…” (13b).

• God does not bring temptation.

• God offers escape (I Cor. 10:12,13).

• Satan seeks to devour (I Pet 5:8-11).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

IV. “…Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires…” (14a).

• “A debased mind” (Rom 1:28-32).

• “Past feeling” (Ephesians 4:17-19).

• Renewing the mind (Rom 12:1,2).

• Hidden in the heart (Ps. 119:9-12).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

V. “…And Enticed…” (14b).

• dele‹zvdeleazo “to bait, catch by bait” (Thayer).

• “Taken captive” (II Tim. 2:22-26).

• “Serving various lusts” (Titus 3:3).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

VI. “…When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin…” (15a).

• Sin -- defilement comes from within (Mark 7:14-23).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

VII. “… Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death …” (15b).

• Alternative - to overcome by the Lamb (Revelation 12:10-11).

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“He Who Endures Temptation”(James 1:12-16)

How Can We Overcome?

• Follow Jesus’ Example - The Word.

• “Watch & Pray” (Matthew 26:41).

• Trust in Him - Guidance & Mercy.

• Submit to His Will - Way & Blessings (James 1:17,18).