“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” James 1:13-14 NIV
Temptation is a strange activity. It is not the same for every person. Not only do each of us have our own particular sets of temptations, the degree that those things tempt us vary. Some of us are more prone to lose our temper, while for others that really isn’t much of a temptation. Maybe you are more prone to gossip, but gambling was never an issue for you. Here’s the important thing we need to understand about temptations: they come from within us. It is our desires that determine what our temptations will be, and there is only one person in control of your desires… you. Scripture says you are dragged away by your own evil desires and enticed. Natural desires held within the confines of God’s create order are not evil. Desires become evil when we are tempted to deviate from how God intended them to be. God has always let us choose: His way or our own way. Temptation is our moment of deciding whether we will stay with God or go our own way.