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Summary: A study of the word "temptation"

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Introduction

1. Keys...

These are my keys (explain what my different keys do...focusing on unlocking things)

Keys are very important...

They unlock other things...

Cars...trucks...motorcycles...homes...sheds...

Safety deposit boxes and much more...

In fact, the word KEY means among other things...

“of paramount or crucial importance”

2. As we continue to study our Biblical ABCs...

we come to the letter T...

T is for Temptation...

Temptation is a fact of life for everyone...

Christians and non-Christians alike face temptation...

As Christians, we must be able to overcome temptation...

temptation itself is not sin...

But yielding to temptation is a sin...

And, if we are going to live a victorious Christian life...

if we are going to successfully pursue our quest of a lifetime of growing closer to the Lord...by the power of the Holy Spirit...

we, as Christians, have got to find a way to overcome temptation...

thankfully, God’s word is not silent on this issue...

Throughout the Bible, we have some very practical advice on how we can overcome temptation...

3. Standing before us, are 3 locked doors...

blocking us from enjoying true spiritual victory...

and God’s Word has given us 3 keys to unlocking those doors...

and, if we will unlock all 3 doors...

we will find that we are able to enter in to a victorious Christian life...

that doesn’t mean that we will never face temptation again...

But, God has given us the KEYS to OVERCOMING temptation as it occurs in our lives.

Read Text: Psalm 141:1-10

3 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

1. The First Key to Overcoming Temptation...is to maintain consistent spiritual Discipline. vv. 1-2

A. One very important spiritual discipline is prayer.

Psalm 141:1-2a

“O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.

Hear my voice when I call to you.

May my prayer be set before you like incense”

We find prayer to be of utmost importance in overcoming temptation...

In Matthew 26:14, Jesus says "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

As Christians, what we do when temptation comes...

has a powerful impact on our ability to either withstand temptation...

or whether we succumb to temptation...

If we flirt with temptation...

if we allow our eyes to dwell on that thing that tempts us...

if we allow our hearts to become filled with desire for that thing that tempts us...

then we are much more likely to succumb to temptation...

However, when temptation comes...

if we will bow in prayer...

if we will ask God to empower us by His Holy Spirit...

if we cry out to the Lord in our times of temptation...

we are must more likely to withstand that temptation...

and continue on in spiritual victory.

B. Another important spiritual discipline is corporate worship.

Psalm 141:2b

“May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice”

The picture that David is painting here...

is the picture of the priest in the Temple offering the sacrifice for the sins of the people...

As God’s people make their way to, in David’s day, it was the Temple...

In our day, it is the Church...


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