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Scriptures: James 1:13-15, Psalm 119:11, Genesis 3:12-13
Where do we go wrong? Why is it that there are times when temptation knocks on our door and we know we should not open the door, much less invite the temptation in, but we do just the same. The bigger question is how does real faith respond when we are tempted? How does real faith respond when we resist the temptation? And, how does real faith respond when we give in to the temptation? James deals with this issue in the first chapter of his epistle.
"Real faith doesn’t play the blame game. Real faith mans up and takes responsibility when we do wrong when we could have done right. James makes it very plain when it comes to crime, sin, evil, immorality and bad conduct, you can’t blame God." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.