Summary: Temptation effects all of us. How can we overcome temptation and live to glorify the Lord?
Facing Temptation…and living to tell about it
Series: James – Real Faith for Real Life
To overcome temptation, we need to
Know the origin of temptation and sin
Know the process of temptation and sin
Evil Desire + Opportunity = Temptation
Temptation + Action = Sin
Sin + Consequence = Death
Know the Victory over temptation and sin
Read the Word
Resist the Devil
Realize the Way Out
Idea for part of outline based on outline by Mark Copeland (http://executableoutlines.com/ja/ja_05.htm)
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Temptation. What comes to mind when you here that word?
It is probably the area or form that seems to tempt you.
And the fact is that temptation comes in many different forms for different people.
Sometimes it looks like a person. You may be tempted to
think about that person or
be with that person
in a way that does not honor God.
Sometimes temptation looks like money. We want more and more and are tempted to do things to get money that we know are wrong.
Alcohol or Drugs
Sometimes temptation comes in the form of alcohol or drugs. We want to feel differently from the way we do now so we seek to change our feeling with alcohol or drugs.
But temptation lies to us.
It promises one thing and delivers something entirely different.
It promises joy, but delivers heartache.
It promises fullness or satisfaction, but delivers emptiness.
It promises life, but it delivers death.
But even when we know this, temptation comes again and it seems to gain victory over us.
Is there any way that we can face temptation and live to tell about it?
Last week, we began a series through the book of James called Real Faith for Real Life.
We are continuing that this morning as we are going to look at what James tells us about temptation and how we can face it and live to tell about it.
This morning I would like you to turn with me to James 1:13-18
As you turn there, I just want to briefly recap last week.
James told us to rejoice in trials of many kinds because it tests our faith and develops perseverance and persevering through trials helps mature and complete us.
Now James talks about temptation and what we need to know when we face temptation and sin so that we are able to overcome them.
Let’s read James 1:13-18
13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
If we are going to overcome temptation and sin, then the first thing we need is to
Know the Origin of Temptation and Sin
13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
First, we need to realize that
Temptation to do evil is not from God
Sometimes people think to themselves that God is the one who has created me. He has given me these desires. He puts me in positions to be tempted to do wrong. Why am I to blame when He created me this way and then tempted me to do it?
God never tempts anyone, ever, to do evil.
The difference between testing and tempting
We need to understand that there is a difference between testing, which God does bring about in our life, and tempting, which he doesn’t.
God tests his people to help them persevere and grow in their faith.
Testing is something external that works to change us internally, to develop our character and make us mature and complete
We see examples of this in His word
He tested Abraham with being willing to sacrifice Isaac
Temptation is something that begins internally and leads us to do evil.
God never tempts anyone to do evil.
God’s testing leads us to take actions that will bring glory to Him and help us.
Temptation is leading us to take actions that dishonor God and hurt us.