Summary: Resisting temptation is the only way to go
Title: Why Not Take The Bait?
Text: James 1:12-15
Topic: Temptation / overcoming verses giving in
-I want the congregation to think about the ways giving into temptation has negatively impacted their lives.
-I want the congregation to think of the ways that overcoming temptation has made them stronger and brought forth blessings in their lives.
-I want to help the congregation develop the skill of thinking ahead and looking down the road for the consequences to their actions.
-I want the congregation to be motivated to make the right choices.
Structural Logic: A proposition to be argued.
Proposition: Resisting temptation is the only way to go.
Key word: Reasons
Transitional Sentence: James answers that question for a group of people he thought needed to know why.
1. Resisting brings blessings. V.12
2. Guard your attitude because no excuse justifies giving in. Vv.13-14
3. Giving in leads to death. Vv. 14-15
Intro: A man sits down at his computer; reflects on almost 40 years of work for children. He is working hard to lead a task force to rid the internet of child pornography and he has a sense of pride that his program is a model for others in the nation. However, a twisted desire crosses his mind, what is this child pornography? He has seen the images and now desires to reach across the cable modem to find more. Why not? Perhaps the man thinks to himself that he won’t get caught, that no one will get hurt. He’s thinking, “Why not take the bait?” This man had a question that needed to be answered.
Today, you and I will have to answer this question. If desire is a bait to give into temptation, we are hungry fish at a bass tournament and we are asking, “Why not take the bait,” ourselves.
Read James 1:12-15
James- rubber meets the road. He watched Jesus. He saw the results of Jesus’ faithfulness and he desired those same blessings for his people.
1. Resisting temptation brings blessings. 12
We are talking here about temptations, not trials as in verse 2. We’re not talking about good desires here either.
A. The blessings of developing steadfastness. (refer back to 2-4)
-Fit for the Lord’s work.
-what is the Lord’s work? Raising kids and grandkids, your job.
B. The blessings of eternal rewards.
-What type of blessings are these?
-The Lord’s favor
-Life and all that includes.
Picture is of laurel wreath
Problem… we want instant results.
-Ill. Runners in a race. Workers on a job.
C. Romans 8:18 the sufferings of the present are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us”
2. No excuse justifies giving in.
Pervasive theology at time of James
A. God cannot be blamed for your temptation.
-It is not His will that you sin.
-He will not hold you innocent.
B. James is speaking of temptation to sin that comes from within. As opposed to testing of circumstances.
-It is our own fault.
-It is our job to defeat it.
Guard your attitude
C. Romans 3:23 “All” it is our nature…all of our nature
If that isn’t enough motivation…
3. Giving into temptation leads to death. 14-15