Summary: A treatise on how to recognize the devil’s deceptive ways and how to resist these temptations.
This is a message that we can all identify with.
A. We are all subject to temptations, on a daily basis.
1. I know that it cuts us to the heart when we
give in to those temptations.
a. We feel like we have failed God, self,
and those around us.
1.) Those who cave in to temptation
are torn apart with feelings of guilt
b. So often we have cried out to God and
pleaded with Him to remove the
temptations that keep bringing us to the
brink of sin.
1.) As often as we have cried out.....
our cries have gone unanswered.
a.) Why does God not take away
this problem.....we want to
serve Him........we want to
remain pure from this world.
Let us look to God’s word and see if we can understand.
A. We MUST UNDERSTAND!
I. Let us understand temptation.......just what it is......
A. TEMPTATION IS AN APPEAL TO
1. It is an appeal to SELF-SATISFACTION.
a. Most commonly it is generated by satan.
b. Often, however, we can place ourselves
in the pathway of temptation.
B. We must understand.....IT IS NOT A SIN TO BE
1. Many who do not properly understand the
difference between the temptation and the
a. Temptation is the urge to fulfill some
kind of improper satisfaction of the
b. Sin is the actual fulfillment of that desire.
1.) This can be an actual, physical,
enactment of these desires.
2.) Sin can also be committed in the
acting out of the sinful desire in the
C. Not only is temptation not a sin.......it is actually
an indicator of just how spiritually strong God
considers us to be.
1. God will not allow satan to bring any
temptation into our lives that we CANNOT
I Cor. 10:13 - 13No temptation has overtaken you except
such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not
allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with
the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you
may be able to bear it.
a. It isn’t that we cannot handle these
temptations........it is more, the fact, that
we MAY NOT WANT TO RESIST!
1.) Spiritual fact..........God will never
allow satan to hit us with a
temptation that He knows we
have no power over.......
a.) Spiritual fact........We CAN
D. The word “temptation” comes from the Greek
word peirasmos which can also be translated...
1. Thayer (on peirasmos) - An experiment,
an attempt, a trial, proving.....
a. Specifically - The trial of a person’s
fidelity, integrity, virtue, and constancy.
2. A temptation, then, is a test.....an opportunity..
to pass this spiritual challenge.
a. It is an opportunity for spiritual success.
b. It is an exercise which has been designed
to strengthen a person against satan’s
1.) This is the reason that James writes
what he does in James 1:2-4.
James 1:2-4 - 2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall
into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith
produces patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
** Far from being the horrible monster that we make it.....
temptations are actuality the opportunity to succeed
in the testing and training grounds of this life.
1. Temptations that are resisted, strengthen us against
ILLUSTRATION: Never a temptation.....go through life
living perfectly, in the Lord......last few
moments of life, satan hits us with our
biggest weakness....our greatest
temptation.........the sin that would so
easily get us..............ALL WOULD
a. These temptations that satan
throws at us are his own
undoing.....if we will resist
II. We must understand what a temptation is....we must
be alert to it....we must understand just how a
A. A temptation GRIPS A PERSON!
1. Going back to our text in I Cor. 10:13.....we
find the word that is translated, “overtaken”.
a. Temptations....overtake....a person.
1.) The Greek word, used here, and
translated, “overtaken”....is the
Word - eilhjen - which comes
from a Greek root word -
lambanw......why do I tell you all
of this history?
a.) Because the definition means
something in the Greek that is
lost in the translation.
** lambanw - To take by the hand, to lay hold of, to trap
or take by craft, to capture.
2. A temptation grabs, grips, captures, arrests....
a. It is a VERY POWERFUL feeling.
B. Only when a person remains strong in the Lord,
and allows God to work in and through this
person......can this person hope to resist this
terribly strong pull.
1. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit.......
actively working in one’s life, can one expect
to resist temptations.