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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.

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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.


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