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James 1:16-17 Don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.

James is warning us not to be misled by sin so that we do not justify the continuous commission of the act or acts, believing that it or they are of no consequence. There is always a consequence to sin.

There is a danger in committing a little sin now and then and believing that it is inconsequential. The danger is that you get accustomed to the sin and tend to justify it in your mind. This situation flourishes in the psyche and soon more sins can be justified easily. One sin builds on another and soon you deceive yourself by justifying all of your acts.

Sins are the gifts of this world. We get some pleasure by committing sins. The pleasures sins provide are both physiological and emotional. Physiological pleasure is that which we experience with our senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. When physical pleasures combine with the pleasures of arousal, desire, romance, and abandon, the experience is ingrained deeply into your our very soul.

Am I saying that experiencing pleasure in and of itself is inappropriate and sinful? Absolutely not. God provided us with these emotions as some of his good gifts. We, ourselves, corrupt the good gifts when we seek the pleasure provided as our own selfish goal. It is in the focus of self that the corruption occurs and transforms the good gifts of God into the gifts of the world.

A believer must not be deceived by the gifts of the world- feeling pleasure by committing the sin. Instead, we must focus on the good and perfect gifts that come from God. We can do this by focusing on his word and my maintaining a good relationship with him. God’s character does not change in the least. His gifts are good. The world’s gifts are evil. We must focus on the things of God not on the pleasures of the world.

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It is in God’s character to give freely according to James 1:5 and so God provides good and perfect gifts because His character does not change at all. He gave us the sacrifice of Jesus as a substitution sacrifice four our sins. Accepting the sacrifice of Christ as a personal solution to your separation from God is the beginning point of seeking God’s will.

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