Summary: The beginning of a seven part series on Living the Christian Life - based out of the book of James.
Living the Christian Life
I hate temptation. I hate it when it comes my way. It may be temptation to blow up on someone. It may temptation of saying something that I should not say, doing something that I should not do. However, temptation comes my way, every day in some sort or fashion. Yielding to temptation is a choice that I make and you make. We reap consequences when we yield and fall in to Satan’s traps. We reap benefits when we follow God’s word to the tee and avoid temptation. This morning, we begin a study of the book of James, a series entitled “Living the Christian Life.” We have seen many souls saved over the past few months. It is now time that we begin the process of discipling our converts and reach more for the kingdom. How are going to handle temptation from the Devil? Let’s dig in!
I. Count it Joy when you are tempted!
a. As a believer, you should be joyful when you are tempted to sin, it is a sure sign that you are God’s!
b. As a believer, if we have a sad disposition all of the time, we will be vulnerable to the actions of the devil.
c. Trials and Tribulations will come your way. They will be of various types. No one person is able to avoid these things.
d. Everything works together to help shape us and mold us into what God wants us to be.
Remember Job, he suffered everything imaginable to any human being. Although he suffered, lost family members, and went through these things – his faith remained in God.
The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord.
He realized who was in control and in charge. This is further emphasized in Job 42 where Job says:
I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from thee.
e. If Job can make it, you and I can
II. When tempted, Be Patient!
a. The key to defeating the devil, is not to fall into his traps.
b. Temptations come our way to make us stronger. We cannot be strong in our own devises. We must depend on God. There are reasons that the Word tells us that we should be patient in the trying of our faith.
i. Romans 5:3-4
1. But we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.
c. Notice in verse 4 – “Perfect patience”
1. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
d. Commentaries state that perfect patience is only achieved after enduring the trials that have been put in front of us. In addition, after we have gone through the tribulations, God has transformed us into a “complete” Christian.
i. After thinking about that for a few minutes, it makes sense.
ii. Being a Christian is not easy! We must endure all types of criticsm, all types of threats, all types of garbage – Why?
1. Because God Loves Us and We Love Him.
2. At this point and only at this point – we make our commitment to walk for Him no matter the obstacle. Perfect patience is achieved at this point in time.
3. Verse 12!!!!!
III. Get into the Word of God!
a. If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God!
b. Isaiah 40:8
i. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever!
c. His word will stand the test of time.
d. Go to His word, read, study, apply it to your life.
e. Not only will you receive help, you will be transformed into being all that God wants you to be.
i. For many years, I left the apply part off. Yes, I was a Christian, but not one who was being firm in the Word. I was as the wavering man in verse 6-8. If one person wanted to hear one thing, I told them it – if another wanted to hear the opposite, I told them that. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this would do nothing but get you into a pickle.
ii. A person is to be firm in their beliefs.
iii. A person is to be firm in their word
1. A yes must be a yes. A no must be a no. There is no in between.
2. All decisions must be carried to the Lord in prayer – there are no in betweens. He is in control, we are not.
3. When a decision is made, stick with it – don’t waver.