“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James 1:14-15
Temptation to sin (act against the will or instructions of God) does not ever come from God, it comes from the voice of the enemy. He speaks a word in your ear and entices you to receive it. Then once received that seed conceives something that grows inside of you until it births a work (or act) that eventually, when matured (allowed to play out over time) leads to death (destruction of others and hell for one’s self).
Yet does this work the same if you view it from the other perspective. That of truth, or the word of God, the good seed being planted in you. Once you receive it, if not plucked up by unbelief, eaten up by the lies of the enemy, or choked out by materialism, entertainment, or the cares of this life, will begin to grow in you until it is birthed in a work (or act) that eventually, when matured (allowed to play out over time) leads to life (blessing and deliverance for others and heaven for ones self).
James was able to clearly see this because that he was a son of Mary (the mother of Jesus). He heard the story and He could see it played out in his own family. God had spoken a word (the seed) to Mary. She had received it by faith. That seed of grace combined with her faith, conceived something that grew in her while no one else believed until eventually it was birthed through an action, a labor, her work was to give birth. To let this impossible thing that God had spoken come forth through her, and when she did, the word became flesh. It manifested into something that all men could see, but being yet small and humble could very few believe. Yet over time it did eventually mature into that which brought eternal life to everyone who would believe and receive the seed of it themselves.
So no, we are not saved by works because some works are evil being conceived by a seed (or word) planted by the enemy. Even when it looks good and tempting, like a pleasing piece of fruit hanging on a tree with a voice offering wisdom and notoriety for partaking. (Bad fruit will always cost you more then if offers you). Yet the true seed, when received and mixed with faith will conceive something, a labor of love and sacrifice, a travailing birthing of that promises manifested unto eternal life.
Jesus received a seed Himself. The Word that God had spoken to Him was travailed over in Gethsemane, it was labored for at Mt Calvary, it was birthed at the garden tomb and it grows even still, through me and you. Yet once you receive that seed you must also nurture it in the season when no one else can see it, but you can feel it. Feed it with prayer and supplication. Guard it with faith and dedication. Carry it with sacrificial determination and eventually it will birth a manifestation of the Word that God gave you into something that can be seen and believed by those around you. Then watch it mature into the fullness of the greatness of God’s promises in a way that will astound you bringing deliverance, hope, and life. Even through the hard times. Because that’s what God does. He revives. He surprises. He goes above and beyond all that we can hope or imagine. But it takes faith to get from the seed to the mature manifestation of the promise and the greatest part of it won’t even come until after our work in this earth is done. So no matter what part you are in, keep believing! Keep receiving the good seed and rejecting the wicked ones! Keep pressing forward and guarding, watering, and feeding those promises, because this one I know, the best is yet to come. For His Word, tells me so.
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” – Luke 8:11
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” – Matthew 13:31-32