Does God Ever Tempt Me to Sin?

James 1:12–15

Every trial that comes your way is God-approved and tailor-made for your growth. In this lab, John Piper answers how God can be sovereign over every trial and temptation, but never be guilty of sinning.

Some questions to ask as you read and study James 1:12–15:

  1. Does God ever tempt us to sin? Why or why not?
  2. According to James 1:12–15, what is the difference between a trial and a temptation?
  3. None of us will completely avoid trials or temptations, but we can prepare for them. How can you prepare for temptations you may face this week?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Find Promises in Who God Is

Golden promises shine in the Old and New Testaments, and it is the Christian’s inheritance to find, claim, and enjoy them.

The Bible is a book full of promises. We can excavate some of them in places many do not see at first glance. Most identify promises where people swear that they will do something for someone else. But John Piper also finds implicit promises in statements concerning who God is or what he does. When texts describe God’s unchanging character or disposition towards his people, they are promises for us today.