Have you been tempted to do something you knew was wrong? Maybe it was lying to get out of trouble, cheating on a test, or gossiping about someone. James 1:14 says:

“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”

Temptation doesn’t just happen to us out of nowhere; it starts with our own desires and then becomes a trap that we can fall into if we’re not careful.

God has given us a way out. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reveals:

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

The next time you’re faced with a temptation, remember that it starts with your own desires. Pray and ask God to help you resist it, and look for the way out that he promises to provide.

With God’s help, you can overcome any temptation that comes your way and live a life that is pleasing to him.