James tells us where temptation ends and sin begins: “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (1:14-15).
The word lust is almost always thought of in terms of sexual sin, but in truth that word can have either a positive or a negative connotation. In some versions of the Bible, the word desires is used in place of “lust” in this verse. In the negative, the use of the word desire refers to wanting something that is not legitimate or wanting something that may be legitimate but wanting it in an illegitimate way
The scene of Jesus’ temptation offers a good example of the latter. Satan knew that after Jesus had fasted for forty days, He would have a legitimate desire: something” “to eat. Satan had an idea, and he floated it out for Jesus to hear: “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). Jesus had the power to do just that, and He certainly had the need at that point. The problem, however, was that Satan was trying to entice Jesus into meeting a legitimate need in an illegitimate manner—at his request.
The devil wants us to see some appeal in doubting the Word of God and in giving in to temptation and sinning. But what he didn’t tell Eve in the Garden of Eden, and what he doesn’t tell us, is that when we do the things he is tempting us to do, we are no longer living the life of freedom Jesus came to bring us. On the contrary, we are in bondage that none of us has the power to break on our own.”

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