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Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Nov 15, 2002, 12:23

We are continuing our study on High Performance.

As the week ends lets dig back into the passage we were working with and catch a few more things. As you read it again pay special attention to what it says in verse 13. Now go ahead and read it….when you are done, I’ll rejoin you…

James 1:12-18 (NIV) 
    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
    [13] When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; [14] but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. [15] Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
    [16] Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. [17] Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. [18] He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

In verse 13 it says “when tempted no one should say, God is tempting me”

There is a natural tendency to blame others for our failures and shortcomings. In this case, James is tackling the poor theology of people thinking that God is tempting them, and being so tough on them that they are failing. James of course goes on to make the point in verse 14 that we are pretty good at letting our evil natures get the best of us. Temptation comes along, as a regular part of life, there is a need on the part of the believer to take responsibility and learn how to handle temptations as well as trials.

That is a great point for us to put some emphasis on…. the whole issue of responsibility. If your life is going to be a high performance spiritual endeavor, then you must learn to take responsibility for the things you do and don’t do. In a class I am teaching I made the statement this past week, “you are where you have chosen to be spiritually” In other words where you are in your journey is where and what you have chosen to be. The only way that ever changes and improves is when you take responsibility and decide to grow.

We live in a day and age where we want someone else to take responsibility for what isn’t happening in our lives, especially if it isn’t good. We blame others in the workplace, the marketplace, the classroom, the political world, and even in spiritual circles. As this weekend unfolds remember to take responsibility for what you are doing spiritually, and take the time this weekend to make good choices.

Being responsible is a must for high performance people.

Be high performance…and have a great, great weekend!

The Adventure continues….

Make sure you check out the latest installment of the Messy Christians Club on our website, you may also want to check out this weeks edition of Celebration Worship as we cover as we look at ways to shatter the expectations of the world around you by learning to love as Jesus loves…the study is called, Shattered Again

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