As we have entered into the New Year, my one goal this year is to learn more from our Father. I want to be able to truly understand His Word and not just read it in order to check it off my to-do list. As Deuteronomy 11:18 says, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
I have found that writing out Scripture by hand, verse by verse, really helps me to understand what I am reading. This process is called a Journible. I started yesterday and I love it. It allows me to dig in deeper with the text. Maybe this process will help you as well?
I started with the book of James since our church has started a study on this book. My dear friends, there is SO much hidden truth in just the first verses of this book.
The verses that really stuck out to me today are from James 1:13-16. This is what they say, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers”.
Scripture tells us that we are not tempted by God but rather we are tempted by the evil one. That verse sticks out the most because I’ve personally struggled with the lie that God is the one who tempts us. You see, it’s not God who tempts us, it is the evil one. God is perfect and has no evil in Him. This truth is one that I often forget. I think the devil uses this — there have been times that I have often thought, “Lord why are you doing this to us? Lord, why??”
I don’t know about you but it is often the Lord I turn to and question, yet the text clearly tells me that no evil can come from my Father.
Another part of the text that really struck home was how the devil uses our own desires to lure us. I envision it this way: the devil is like a fisherman with a pole trying to catch a fish. He baits his line with luring bait and waits for the fish to be lured in and bite it. We may not be fish but the devil does do a great job of dangling things in front of us to lure us away from Christ. Satan has many of us believing that God is the one who places evil in our lives whether through suffering, death, or sickness — this causes us to lose sight of truth.
My dear sisters and fellow moms, it is time that we realize the lies. It is time that we live in the TRUTH. The devil is real. He is just as real as the tree’s you see outside your window today. He is charming and cunning and sadly we often listen to him. We lose our temper with our kids and justify it by being tired. We strive to be that other mom or family by coveting what they have or thinking that we don’t match up to their mothering skills. The devil wins victory when we do these things. How? Because he takes our eyes off our TRUE KING and puts them on earthly things that will pass away (James 1:11).
Today, let us take a stand. Let us hold one another accountable. Let us as daughters of the King stand for truth and speak truth. Let us remember that our Father is one of love, humility, and kindness. He was tempted and took on human form and yet was without sin. He is the Great I Am. He is the FIRST and the LAST. He is KING of kings and LORD of lords. His kingdom my sisters, knows no end and one day He will claim His victory. So let’s fix our sight on Him!