12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:12-16
Temptation leads to deception and death.This icon shows the temptation of Christ, which occurred at the end of His 40 day sojourn to the wilderness. Christ overcame the temptation through prayer, using scripture as He cast away the demon. Like many things in the Lord’s life, this provides yet another example to us that we can overcome the demon’s snares with the Lord’s help. He clearly demonstrates this and shows us how.
In his Epistle, Saint James urges us to resist temptation, in so doing we will receive the crown of life. Further in his Epistle he writes:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”
All things happen with the knowledge of God, we must make some type of action. We must take the first steps, then the Lord will rush to meet us.