Summary: The difference between trials and temptations and how to overcome temptations. 4 facts about temptations
Victory Over Sin
Purpose Statement: To lead persons to becoming free from
If you’ve ever had difficulty in dealing with a particular temptation or sin then this message is for you. I want to discuss with you having victory over temptation that leads to sin today. I want to give you ways that you can understand the unique nature of temptation and ways to avoid it. First, I
want to look at the difference between what we call trials and temptations.
The Difference Between a Trial and Temptation: A trial is different in that it can be sent by God or allowed by God in order to deepen your walk with Him or to bring about God’s plan for your life. A temptation is never directed by God, but rather its purpose is destructive. Temptation is not sin itself. Jesus was tempted. Temptation can make us
stronger if we can successfully overcome it.
4 Facts About Temptation
1.) It is inevitable (Luke 17:1-2) We are warned against being a stumbling block to someone else. Rather than being a stumbling block. We should seek to build back up and restore the one who has stumbled (Gal 6:1) Temptation comes from within, from the devil and from the worldview that the devil promotes and that sinful people accept.
2.) It is never directed by God. (James 1:13) God is never effected by sin, doesn’t make any decisions effected by sin and cannot cause or lead a person to sin because he is totally pure and holy.
3.) It is an individual matter (James 1:14) Billy Graham has said that “None of us should deliberately place ourselves in a position to be tempted. Satan will always attack where we are most vulnerable. “But each one is tempted when, by his
own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives bith to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.”
4.) It will always follow the same pattern. A thought enters, we pamper it; it germinates and grows into an evil act. The devil has a pattern of attack.
Truths of this passage:
1. Our temptations are not unique vs.13
2. There is a way to stand up and over temptation vs.14
3. God knows my limits. He is not unaware of my situation
We overcome temptation by:
1. Looking for a way to avoid the temptation. Joseph flee from Potiphar’s wife when she wanted to commit adultery Gen 39:12 Flee fromthe situation if possible.
2. Submit your thoughts to God (James 4:7; Phil 4:8) We should take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Most of our thoughts could be characterized more as captivating us rather than being
captivated. I need to watch what my mind is dwelling on.
We aren’t so much as seized and we seize the thought.
3. Submit your will to God’s. Most sin is grounded in
selfishness. We must commit ourselves daily to God
according to Romans 12:1 and by daily confession of sin.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
4. We have to expect it to come “when you are tempted. . . “ v.13 Stay ready. Put on the full armor of God see Ephesians 6:13-18. Most of us go out into the world each day ill-prepared for spiritual battle.
5. Remind yourself of the consequences of sin Heb 11:24,25 What a man sows, he also reaps Gal 6:7 When we sin we hurt ourselves and the people around us. You might talk about here about the consequences of not listening to your doctor or not taking your medicine.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer “In our members there is a slumbering inclination towards desire which is both sudden and fierce. Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God.”
6. Memorize the word Ps 119:9,11 D.L. Moody used to say, “Sin will keep you from the book, or this Book will keep you from sin.”
7. Cultivate a sense of the Presence of God. We might act differently if we were aware each day that we traveled not alone, but that holy God was with us and aware of our actions, thoughts and attitudes.
1. Temptation- PEIRASMOS- trials of a varied character
2. Escape- ekbasis- way of escape, the way out of a defile, a mountain pass.
3. Bear- HUPOPHERO- to bear up under
4. Faithful- PISTOS- to be trusted; reliable