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Summary: We can expect temptation from the world, from Satan and even from ourselves but victory comes from God!

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Expect Temptation

Faith Expectations Part 7

06/15/08 PM

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[This lesson and this series are drawn from the writings of Tom Allen in his book “What to expect now that you believe.”]

Faith Expectations

This lesson is another in the series titled Faith Expectations. This series purpose is to explore those things our faith brings to us as we strive to walk in the way of Jesus. It is probably fair to say for many of us, if not all, that when we obeyed the call of the gospel, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and been Baptized into Him there were some expectations of what our faith would do in us, for us, and through us. And we are justified in these expectations:

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

John 10:10b “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

As believers we should never lose the “great expectations” of our faith especially since the greatest expectation is yet to come, that being the return of our Lord and Savior. Until that day it remains for us to balance our expectations with the reality of living as sojourners in this world. And so let us consider a great expectation of our faith: Expect Temptation.

Introduction

A.We have discussed some of the “good news” expectations of our faith: Blessings, Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy.

1.Having already explored Trails and Persecution, we now continue the “bad news” expectations with Temptation.

2.Bad News some might say but I hope through the course of these lessons we will see that even Bad News is pretty good when God is in the mix.

I.We Are All In The Same Boat

A.We can expect temptation.

1.It is a part of life, the same for every born-again believer.

2.Bad News some might say but I hope through the course of these lessons we will see that even Bad News is pretty good when God is in the mix.

B.Watch and pray.

Mark 14:38 “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1.Then Jesus exhorted all three, Watch, be alert to spiritual dangers, and pray, acknowledge dependence on God, so that you will not fall (lit., “come”) into temptation.

2.We would not need to “watch and pray” if we were not prone to “fall into temptation.

3.the spirit (one’s inner desires and best intentions) is willing or eager but on the other hand the body (lit., “flesh”; a person in his humanness and inadequacies) is weak, easily overwhelmed.

4.1 Corinthians 10:13a “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.”

5.Temptation, same for me, same as for you.

a.The Devil would like us to believe ourselves to be alone in our struggles with temptation.

b.When we are alone we are more vulnerable, less able to stand fast in our faith

c.But we are not alone; everyone is in the same boat. We may face different seductions but the potential is in each and every one of us.

C.A Crucial Distinction

1.Before we consider the sources of temptation, let us clear up one very important point.


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