Summary: The perils of Temptation and overcoming temptation.
I. Temptation comes from the devil through our own evil desires. James 1:13
A. The devil is called the “tempter” in the bible. Matt. 4:3; 1 Thess. 3:5
B. Jesus was tempted in this way. Matt. 4:1–11
1. Through His hunger.
2. By his desire to be accepted by man.
3. By the basic human desire to have things.
C. The devils mode of temptation has Never Changed. 1 John 2:16
1. Cravings of Man.
2. Lust of the eyes.
3. The boasting of what he has and does.
II. When tempted, we always have choices.
A. God always provides a way of escape. 1 Cor. 10:13
B. We can resist temptation.
1. James 4:7–8
2. Matt. 4:10–11
C. We can give in to our desires. James 1:14
III. Failure when tempted causes death; resistance and repentance causes growth. James 1:15
A. Continuing in sin causes separation from God. 1 John 3:4–6
B. Resistance and Repentance keeps us in fellowship with God. 1 John 1:7–9