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Sources of temptation

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Temptation comes from a number of sources but not from God.

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Temptation arising from sinful human nature

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Temptation from other people

2 Peter 2:18 NLT
They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.
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Temptation from Satan

Genesis 3:1 NLT
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
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Temptation from the world

1 John 2:16 NLT
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
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Attractions which lead to temptation


1 Timothy 6:9–10 NLT
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.


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Proverbs 11:2 NLT
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Temptation does not come from God

James 1:13 NLT
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
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