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Summary: Trust God not your Feelings. This Message is based on another Sermon on Temptation, Titled "Temptation is Only a Question, your response is the answer." with different Illustrations along with 4 Additional Illustrations at the end. Blessings Always.

For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture readings prior to the Message. The Scriptures for this day are: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19 and Mathew 4:1-11

Desserts have often been called ... a "seduction" ... or a "temptation".

Why? .... Because there is something "delicious" ...offered in ... each bite. (Pause)

Oscar Wilde said, "The only way to get rid of temptation ...... is to .... give in to it."

We laugh about temptation ......and most of us do give in ......at one time .... or another.

Sometimes it is only a 700-calorie piece of chocolate cake, .... which does not leave too severe ... a consequence.

Other times the stakes are high .... and the consequences .... are indeed ... very painful.

You would think that undesirable consequences ... would cause us ... to not break down .... To not give in, .... Yet we often fail .... over and over again.

Beloved ...... Do Not Be Surprised by Temptation:

If Satan had the gall to tempt the Son of God .... he will have no trouble .... in tempting you. (Long Pause)

A man came to the theologian Charles Finney and said this: .... "I don't believe in the existence of a devil."

"Don't you?" .... said Finney.

"Well, ... you resist him for a while, .... and you will believe." (Pause)

The Scriptures do not teach us .... that we will be temptation free ... after we come ... to the Lord.

One person might be tempted by something ... and have a real struggle .... whereas it might not be a temptation at all ......to another.

We may find ourselves being prideful and say, .... "I would never do that".

And yet there could be another temptation trap ...... that we would be more susceptible ... to fall into. (Long Pause)

One morning ... A man took his little boy ... up to a mountain spring ... for the very first time.

When they jumped into the water ... the little boy began to shiver with cold ... and cried, "Oh, Papa, Oh Papa that was terrible!"

His father led him out of the water, ... rubbed him down with a towel ... and they got dressed.

"Oh, Papa, that was really bad!" purred the little fellow, .... tingling with pleasant warmth.

The father asked, "Do you know the difference between a cold bath and sin?

When you jump into a cold spring you first yell 'Oh!' and then you say 'Ahh!'

But when you commit a sin you first say 'Ahh!' and then you cry 'Oh!'" (Long Pause)

Do not be surprised ... when temptation comes to visit.

Hear Peter's warning, BIBLE "Like a lion your adversary the devil prowls around looking for someone to .... devour." END 1 Peter 5:8

We may feel the force of temptation even more ... when we are tired ... or under stress.

When we are alone ...... or when we are away ... from family.

Temptation often appears ... After a spiritual high, ... when we are not expecting it.

And Temptation always shows up......when we withdraw ...from church attendance. (Pause)

Some people ......take the view ......that they should isolate themselves from every temptation. ......And therefore.... they will be successful.

This could be good in some cases ... such as: ... not going to a bar ... if you are an alcoholic.

However, ... victory comes not ......through the avoidance of the assault ......but by going through the assault.

We Can have victory .... in the middle of temptation.

Scripture tells us, BIBLE "Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil ... with good" END (Pause) (Romans 12:21).

In our Gospel Text, today .... we find that after Jesus encounter, .... Satan left him ......and the angels ministered .... to him. (Matthew 4:11).

In the parallel account of this temptation in Luke we are told 4:13; .... that when the devil had ended all temptation, ...... He .... the devil .... "departed him for a season...until a more opportune time." REPEAT

Satan and the spiritual forces of wickedness ... are relentless.

Beloved ... on this side of eternity .... we will never arrive at a place......where we are .... temptation free.

The writer and theologian .... C. S. Lewis made these insightful observations about temptation:

He Said: .... (Slow) "No man knows how bad he is .... until he has tried very hard ...... to be good.

He went on ... We are never so spiritual .... that something cannot get to us. (Long Pause)

There is a phenomenon ... that happens at Niagara Falls nearly every year ... that helps Illustrate the subtle effect that sin ... can have ... on our lives.

In the winter ... the Falls are often Wrapped in a white winter garment of ice, ... and the falls glisten ... in the bright sun.

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