JULY 19, 2020
FAITH THAT WINS OVER TEMPTATION
James 1:13-15 – When tempted, no one should say God is
tempting me, for Gad cannot be tempted by evil, nor does
He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted by his own evil
THREE OBSERVATIONS ABOUT TEMPTATION
1. First, remember that temptation is normal.
I Corinthians 10:13 – Every temptation that comes your way
is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps His
promise, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your
power to resist. At the time you are tempted He will give you
the strength to endure it and so provide you with a way out.
2. Temptation is common.
Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one
who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without
3. Temptation improves our life.
James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever
you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the
testing of your faith develops perseverance.
John 4:4 – Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the
SIX STEPS TOWARD DELIVERANCE
1. Identify my vulnerability.
Matt. 26:41 – Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
*When am I most tempted?
*Where am I most tempted?
*Who is with me when I’m most tempted?
*What temporary benefit do I get if I give in?
*How do I feel before I’m tempted?
2. Refuse to let fear take over.
Three ways He works
Ephesians 6:10-11 – Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty
power, put on the full armor of God so you can take your
stand against the devil’s scheme.
3. Quickly turn to God.
Psalm 50:15 – Call to Me when trouble comes, I will save you
and you will praise Me.
Hebrews 4:15-16 – (Jesus) had the same temptations we do,
though He never once gave way to them and sinned, so let us
come boldly to God and find grace to help us in our time of
4. Intentionally refocus your mind.
James 1:14-15 – Temptation is the pull of your own evil
thoughts and wishes. These evil thoughts lead to evil actions.
Be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your
5. Enlist a partner.
Ecclesiastes 5:9-10 – Two are better than one, because
together if one falls down, the other can help him up. But if
someone is alone and falls, there’s no one to help him.
James 5:16 – Admit your faults to one another and pray for
each other, so that you may be healed.
6. Turn from the devil.
Ephesians 5:17 – Accept salvation from God to be your
helmet and receive the Word of God to use as a sword.
Example of Jesus: Filled with the Holy Spirit
Said an instant NO
YOU CAN HANDLE TEMPTATION