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Summary: DEALING WITH TEMPTATION.

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SNARES OF THE DEVIL

INTRO: THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF THE SNARES SET FOR US BY SATAN.

1: TEMPTATION

A) THIS IS WHAT SATAN USES TO GET US OFF THE COURSE GOD HAS SET FOR US

B) TEMPTATION IS HIS OLDEST TRICK

C) ALSO HIS MOST COMMONLY USED TRICK AS WELL

POINT: ALL OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED TEMPTATION AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, SOME MIGTH EVEN BE EXPERIENCING IT RIGHT NOW.

BODY: TEMPTATION FOUR STEP PROCESS

1: DESIRE

A) THIS IS THE MOST USED TEMPTATION TACTIC OF SATAN

B) DESIRE LIES INSIDE OF US ALL

C) WAITING TO BE WOKE UP

D) OUR OWN DESIRES WHEN NOT KEEP IN CHECK CAN DICTATE OUR EVERYDAY LIVES

POINT: DESIRE, IS EVERYTHING FROM SEXUAL TO FINANCIAL , EVEN INTELLECTUAL OUR DESIRE DRIVES US AT TIMES TO BE BIGGER BETTER AND MORE POWERFUL THAN THOSE AROUND US. THIS GIVES BIRTH TO A PRIDEFUL ATTITUDE.

2: DOUBT

A) THIS IS WHAT SATAN USES TO GET US TO NOT TRUST GOD

B) THIS IS WHAT HE USES TO GET US TO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT SIN

POINT: WE CAN TALK OURSELVES INTO ANYTHING, AND JUSTIFY IT IN OUR OWN MINDS. DOUBTING THE WHOLE TIME WHAT GOD SAID

3: DECEPTION

A) THIS TRICK IS USED ALMOST PERFECTLY BY SATAN

B) IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL

C) IT’S JUST A SMALL SIN

D) IT’LL BE OKAY NOBODY CAN SEE YOU

POINT: THE BIBLE SAYS SATAN IS THE FATHER OF LIES AND DECEPTION YOU CAN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING HE TRIES TO TELL YOU

4: DISOBEDIENCE

A) THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ACT ON DESIRE, DOUBT, OR DECEPTION.

B) SATAN BIRTHS AN IDEA OR THOUGHT IN OUR MINDS

C) WHEN WE ALLOW IT TO BECOME ACTION WE BECOME DISOBEDIENT

JAMES 1:12 SAYS BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT ENDURETH TEMPTATION

POINT: TEMPTATION IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH AS LONG AS WE ARE HERE WE HAVE TO FIGHT WITH IT, IF YOUR NOT BEING TEMPTED THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE YOU’RE DOING WHAT HE WANTS ALREADY, SO THE DEVIL HAS NO NEED TO BOTHER YOU

CLOSING: GALATIANS 5:22

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

1: WHAT WE PRODUCE

A) THESE NINE THINGS ARE WHAT THE CHRISTIAN PRODUCES

B) IF THEY ARE LIVING AND LISTENING TO THE CALL OF THE SPIRIT IN THEIR LIVES

C) TEMPTATION IS AN ATTEMPT OF THE DEVIL TO GET YOU TO PRODUCE THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

HOW DO I HANDLE TEMPTATION?

1: EVERYONE DEALS WITH IT DIFFERENTLY

A) BEST ADVICE

B) MATT 4

C) JESUS WAS TEMPTED BUT DID NOT GIVE IN

D) IF YOU ARE TO PRESSED AND ABOUT TO GIVE IN SEND AN S.O.S. TO JESUS

POINT: HE KNOWS EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH SO HE CAN HELP BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE JUST CALL TO HIM.


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James Stark

commented on May 21, 2008

Good intro to subject of temptation and importance of Christian friends.

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