Temptation

Sunday Service

  • 2 July 2017
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Temptation

Temptation is

  • A trial in which we have a free choice:
  • Of being faithful to God
  • Or unfaithful to God

What Temptation Does:

  • Hurts us; and
  • Hurts others

e.g.

Gluttony

  • Hurts our own body
  • Hurts our family

Lying

  • Damages our integrity
  • Damages our relationship with others

James 1:13-17

  • And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”
  • God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
  • Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions.  And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
  • So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens.  He does not change like shifting shadows.

Progression:

  • Our own desires: us!
  • Temptation <== This is the key battlefield. Win here.
  • Entices us
  • Drags us away
  • Sinful actions
  • Sin grows
  • Death

Jesus did 2 things:

  1. Resisted the devil
  2. Used the Bible

 

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