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Summary: A treatise on how to recognize the devil’s deceptive ways and how to resist these temptations.

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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

and frustration.

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

PLEASURE..........

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

TEMPTED.

1. Many who do not properly understand the

difference between the temptation and the

sin.

a. Temptation is the urge to fulfill some

kind of improper satisfaction of the

flesh.

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

mind......through fantasy.....the

acting out of the sinful desire in the

mind.

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

HANDLE.

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

RESIST ALL

TEMPTATIONS!!!!!!!

D. The word “temptation” comes from the Greek

word peirasmos which can also be translated...

“test”

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

further attacks.

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.....


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