Jas 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. Satan is the ultimate – if not the direct – source of temptation. God does not tempt. Temptation is not just an enticement to do wrong in exchange for pleasure. This pleasure is a lie because after you’ve sinned you always feel empty, dirty, sick, and there is no pleasure. Most people would call this your conscience. The promise of pleasure was a lie. It was Satan making you the promise. What else could you expect?
Heb 12:7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? The source of discipline is God. Discipline may seem unpleasant at the time, but the results are good – unlike temptation which seems good at the time but manifests in sin and suffering. (Heb 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.)
Tests or trials may be of God, of Satan, or of man. While tests are not necessarily enjoyable themselves, God still uses for good what was intended for evil. We are told to test (prove – KJV) all things and hold onto the good (1 Thess 5:21), so testing can certainly be humanly induced. Testing (proving) is the kind of righteous judgment we are authorized to undertake. Testing by God divides good from bad, like the pruning mentioned in Jn 15. Satan is judgmental and he’s looking for prey. Unrighteous judgment is a tool and a temptation he uses to lure us into division.
This post is an excerpt from my book Ask James one.