James 1:12-18
12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.  17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Temptation comes from evil desires within us, not from God.  God will never tempt anyone to sin.  It begins with an evil thought and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and then put it into action.   It is like a snowball rolling downhill, sin grows and becomes destructive the more we think about it and then do it. The best way to stop a temptation is before it becomes stronger in our mind by putting the thought out.  We stop it before it grows and becomes an action.  The thought is not the sin unless we continue to dwell on it.  We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey His Word.  1 Corinthians 10:13, tells us, “When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.”  God will always make a way of escape; no one will be forced to give in to temptation and sin. It is completely our decision.  So when temptation comes into your mind, as a thought, remember God has made a way of escape and turn to Him to show you.  Trust God and He will help you.

Have a God Day!