Summary: Part 4 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.
A Texan wanted to go ice fishingRead up on Ice Fishing/Bought all the equipment/
Set out for the nearest frozen lake.
Began to drill a hole in the ice.
Suddenly ---from the sky--- a voice boomed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE! DO NOT DRILL INTO THE ICE!"/ Startled & moved further down the ice/Began to cut yet another hole.
Again, from the heavens, the voice bellowed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!" DO NOT DRILL INTO THE ICE!
The Texan, now quite worried, moved in the opposite direction /& tried again to cut his hole. The voice came once more: "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE! DO NOT DRILL INTO THE ICE!”
He stopped, looked skyward, & said, " Is that you LORD?"
The voice replied, "No, I’m the Ice-Arena Manager!" DO NOT DRILL INTO THE ICE! WE’VE GOT A HOCKEY GAME TONIGHT!’
The Ice Arena manager shouldn’t have allowed the Texan onto the arena in the first place.
God’s people must be good managers of temptation.
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 supposed to manage temptation(effectively)?
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.”
13 secrets to temptation management follow.
10 of these are...
1. FULL(:1)of the Spirit
2. CURRENT/MOVING(:1)Beyond the Mountaintop
3. COMPLIANT(:1)Allow the Spirit to Lead
4. OPEN(:1)To anywhere(even the painful) the Spirit leads
5. DILIGENT(:2)Stick with God
6. ENEMIES(:2)Distinguish right from wrong
7. HUMBLE(:2)Vulnerable in Christ, Not arrogant
9. In The WORD(:4,8, 12)
11—A Secret to temptation management is
:5—“Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
:6—“And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”