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Drawn away

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:13-14)

We are good at blaming other people for our problems. It is easy for us never take responsibility for our actions or identify ourselves as the problem in a situation. As this passage indicates, we even blame God when we sin!

But here’s a few important thoughts that I think are easy to overlook in this passage. While it is shocking to our natural man that the cause of all our temptations is lusts of our own heart, I think there is something even more astonishing than that. Read more

After God’s Own Heart

Here’s something I wrote almost eight years ago that I thought I’d share.

“And when he [God] had removed him [King Saul], he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22)

This is a profound statement. To think that God would actually say this about a human being is amazing. David’s heart, his passion, his desires were “after” (or according to) the heart of God. What is the “heart?” Here’s a few interesting definitions of the Greek word that is used in Acts 13:22.

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