Summary: The power of temptation, where does it come from and how do we beat it
) All scripture is quoted from “The Amplified Bible” unless marked with ( * )
then scripture is quoted from NIV.
By Gods grace and mercy we are saved
Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the lord invoking him as
Lord will be saved.”
INVOKE ( Oxford dictionary )Call upon in prayer; or as a witness; appeal to
persons authority ; summon; ask earnestly for.
Earnestly (Oxford) Two points
(1) Ardently serious - showing intense feeling; seriously with determination
Ardently (oxford) = Eager, fervent, passionate, burning.
No contracts; I will, if you will do this for me or I did because he did, or I just grew
into it. A decisive moment takes place. You can’t go along for the ride, I can’t take
my Dad and younger brother with me no matter how much I would love to.
(2)Ardently (oxford) = Money paid as an instalment to confirm contract; token;
What is the instalment to confirm for us?
What is the token required of us?
What is the foretaste God expects from us
(1) Repentance (Strongs Concordance)Greek = Met-o-eh-o; Think differently;
reconsider thoughts, wills, emotions. In this tense it is also says repentance is an
ACTS 17:30 “Such former ages of ignorance God, it’s true, ignored and allowed
to pass unnoticed, but now he charges all people everywhere to repent. To
change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways with
abhorrence of their past sins.
Abhorrence (Oxford) Disgust, Detestation .
Detestation (Oxford) Hate, Loath.
So now we have invoked Jesus as Lord we have to look at our lives without
Christ, At our past attitudes , thought patterns, behaviour, mindset With disgust
and hatred and with loathing. But as our old life has died with Christ, so also has
our new life been resurrected Sharing in this with and through Christ.
Romans 6:2 to 8 “ Certainly not ! How can we who died to sin live in it any
longer? 3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptised into
Christ Jesus were baptised into his death.
4 We were buried therefore with him by the baptism into death, so that just as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the father, so we too
might Habitually live and behave in the newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with him by sharing a death like His, we shall also
be one with him sharing his resurrection by a new life lived for God.
6 We know that our old unrenewed self was nailed to the cross with him in order
that our body ,which is the instrument of sin, might be made ineffective and
inactive for Evil. That we might no longer be the slaves of sin. 7 For when a man
dies he is freed, loosed, delivered from the power of sin among men.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
Jesus said all through the gospel that
“Have Faith in God” * Mark 11:22
“Great is thy faith” *Mathew 15:28
“Thy faith has made thee whole” *Mathew 9:22,Mark 4:40; 10:52
*Luke 8:48; 17:19
“Thy faith hath saved thee” *Luke 7:50; 18:42
“I have not found greater faith” *Luke 7:9
“are sanctified by faith that is in me” *Acts 26:18
Sanctified (Strongs)Greek to make holy, that is to purify or consecrate
(Oxford) made holy; free from sin
Consecrate (Oxford) make or declare holy; devote to purpose.
Not to forget when Jesus rebuked with the term
“ Oh ye of little faith” *Mathew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 12:28.
“where is your faith” *Luke 8 :25.
“how is it that you have no faith.” *Mark 4:40
Faith (Strongs) Greek = Pistis = conviction of truth of God esp reliance upon
Christ for Salvation
Pistis comes from the Greek word Peitho pi-tho to rely by inward certainty;
assure, believe, have confidence, be confident, make friend, obey, trust, yield.
So now we have admitted we need God in our lives.
We have said sorry to God for our sin and asked for forgiveness.
We believe that Jesus Died on the cross for our sin and rose again 3 days
We now turn away from the disgusting, detestable, loathsome, and hateful
behaviour, thoughts, attitudes and mindset that we have learned and obeyed
all our lives, until this moment.
We have Called upon in prayer, appealed To Gods authority and Eagerly,
fervently, showing intense feeling; with burning passion asked him to be Lord of
Now What ?
(1) Gods Word (2) Sharing our faith (3) Fellowship (4) praise (5) Prayer
Until this moment we have lived in darkness so how do we live in the light.