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Summary: Part 3 of a 4 part sermon dealing with the importance of managing temptation effectively so that it will not become sin, thus freeing God to work in our lives.

Temptation Management-III—Luke 4:1-13

Johnny’s first day of school./Class was to put their right hands over their hearts & repeat the Pledge of Alliegence.

The teacher watched the children as he started the pledge, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..."

She stopped when she noticed Johnny’s right hand over the left side of his rear end.

"Johnny, I will not continue till you put you hand over your heart."

Johnny replied, "Ma’am, It is over my heart."

After several attempts to get Johnny to put his hand over his heart, the teacher asked, "Why do you think that is your heart?"

"Because whenever my Granny visits,

She picks me up, pats me here, & says, ’Bless your little heart,’

& my Granny doesn’t lie!"

Johnny was able to manage the temptation to distrust his Granny.

We must learn to control/manage life’s temptations as well.

We must control personal temptation to prevent falling into Sexual/Drug/Alcohol/Food/ Social-Relationship & Financial, etc... sin, thus freeing God to work in our lives.

Jesus was able manage temptation so that it never became sin.

God’s people must know how to manage temptation...

...because the way we handle temptation is crucial to the effectiveness of our witness.

How are we to manage temptation(effectively)? or

How can we be better at temptation management?

But First,

Why should we be concerned about temptation management?...2 verses:

1Cor. 10:13—“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; & God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

Jas. 1:12-15—“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, & He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away & enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; & when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”

We found that 7 secrets to temptation management are to...

1. Keep Full

2. Keep Current/Moving

3. Keep Compliant

4. Keep Open

5. Keep Diligent

6. Keep Enemies

7. Keep Humble

An 8th Secret to temptation management is

KEEP ALERT(:2-3)

Explanation:(:2-3)On your toes

“...& when they had ended, He became hungry. “And the devil said to Him,...”

“Hungry”—Limit of physical ability—Death imminent

“And the devil said”—Soothe/Remove burden—Serve flesh/desire

Jn. 8:44—““You are of your father the devil, & you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, & does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, & the father of lies.”

*Dangerous combination!

—Physical Limitation + Temptation

Argumentation:

Gen. 4:7—“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; & its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

1Pet. 5:8—“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

1Pet. 1:13—“Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Illustration:

In the Market for a new car/Start looking around lot/Car salesman/When he exits the building—Look out!/Keep Alert

S.C./Four Holes Swamp/Cypress knees/Cottonmouth moccasins everywhere/Keep Alert

Credit limit is met/Liquidate mortgage, etc.../Keep Alert

Application:

?You Keep ALERT when faced with Temptation?

?Are you Managing the Temptations you face?

A 9th Secret to temptation management is

KEEP IN THE WORD(:4,8, 12)

Explanation:(:4, 8, 12)

:4—“And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.’””—Deut. 8:3

:8—“And Jesus answered & said to him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’””—Deut. 6:13

:12—“And Jesus answered & said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’””—Deut. 6:16

Jesus knew Scripture & the application of Scripture

Obscure verses. Knew them by heart.

Concepts of Scripture understood.

Argumentation:

Eph. 6:17—“And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, & the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Rev. 19:13—“And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; & His name is called The Word of God.”

Ps. 119:11—“Thy word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against Thee.”

Jn. 1:1—“In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, & the Word was God.”

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