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Summary: A message on dealing with trouble and temptation from James 1:9-18.

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Kenton Beshore is Executive Producer of the small group curriculum Liquid, a new revolutionary video-based resource for small groups and church-wide campaigns. Visit www.experienceliquid.com to learn more.

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LURE OF THE BLUR

James 1:9-18

TROUBLE & TEMPTATION: THE DIFFERENCE v. 12

• Words to the poor and wealthy vv. 9-11

• A blessing for the ones who endure v. 12

TEMPTATION: HOW IT WORKS vv. 13-15

Recognize the ones connected to temptation

• Fallen humanity–-me 1 John 2:16

• World 1 John 2:16

• Satan is a liar, accuser, thief and murderer

John 8:44, Revelation 12:10, John 10:10, 2 Peter 5:8

Temptation is customized, effective and powerful

• Match the hatch

• He knows where you live

• Presentation is everything

• The Tempter is patient and persistent

TEMPTATION: THE PROCESS

Desire==>Enticed/lure of desire==>Decision

Sin ==> Death

OR

Trust ==> Life

PROMISES WE NEED vv. 16-18

• God is a good and perfect giver

• God never changes

• The Gospel story

• We are God’s prized possession

“. . . And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” James 1:18

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

WHEN I AM HOOKED

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9


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