HOW TO WIN OVER TEMPTATION
Faith That Works
James 1:12-18 (NIV) 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
vs. 12 (KJV)”Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. “
Trials (from God) – to help us grow
Temptations (from Satan) – to cause us to sin
HOW CAN I WIN OVER TEMPTATION?
vs. 13a “when tempted…
I Corinthians 10: 13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.,..’
vs. 13b “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.
vs 14: “but EACH ONE is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his OWN lust.”
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vs. 14-16 Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desires, he is dragged away and enticed… Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.
2 Cor. 2:11″In order that Satan might not outwit us, we are not unaware of his schemes.
HOW TEMPTATION WORKS (vs. 14-15)
“Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desires…
Step 1 ____________________________
…he is dragged away and enticed…
Step 2. ____________________________
…”Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin”…
…”and sin, when full grown gives birth to death.
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vs. 17 “Every good and, perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights …
Philippians 4:8 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
THREE STRATEGIES FOR SAYING “NO” CONSISTENTLY TO TEMPTATION
Genesis 39:1-5 1Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
2The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 4Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph….
Strategy # 1) Develop your __________________________________________________
Genesis 39:5b-8 …thus the LORD’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. How Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And it came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused.“With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.
Strategy #2. Understand your ________________________________________________
Strategy #3. ________________________________________________________________
MY NEXT STEP TODAY IS TO:
❏ Memorize James 1:12
❏ With God’s help say “no” to temptation
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