What does the bible say on victory? What is the purpose and source of temptation? What is temptation and sin? What are the steps of temptation and sin? What are the steps to overcome temptation? What is the difference between temptation and sin? When do we actually sin? Along with examples. Which are those temptations? What is the devil seeking to do? And what God does forus when we are tempted? What are the ways to escape and how to overcometemptation? Where do we set the limits?
1 Corinthians 10 : 13―No temptation has seized you exceptwhat is common to man.And God is faithful; he will not let you betempted beyond what you can bear.But when you are tempted he will alsoprovide a way out so that you can standup under it.‖
What is true of every temptation you face?Common to Man. Who can give victory when you are tempted?Faithful God Does God remove temptation?No Then what does God do for you?Provide a way out so that you can stand up underit.
James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, mybrothers, whenever you face trials of manykinds, because you know that the testing of your faithdevelops perseverance. Perseverance must finish itswork so that you may be mature and complete, notlacking anything.Source of temptation
Temptation is nothing but a suggestion to sin, aprompting to do something wrong. It comes to usas a thought in our mind. Temptation can come tous from what we see, hear, feel, or even as asuggestion straight from the devil, who can putsuch thoughts into our mind. Many things canprovoke /tempt us to sin. Sin is simply missing the mark that God has set forus, or failing to meet His high standards. Sin isdoing something that God doesnt want us to do.This includes doing, saying and thinking things thatGod doesnt like, and also keeping attitudes thatare displeasing to God. (James 1:15)
1. The temptation comes into our mind, andwe feel a strong pull towards sin.2. We choose to yield to that temptation.3. We do what the temptation was promptingus to do.4. We suffer the consequences of sin.You mustntthink, you havesinned justbecause youhave beentempted. Actuallythere are 4 stepsin temptation andsin.
1. The temptation comes into our mind, and we feel a strong pulltowards sin.2. We struggle against that temptation, crying out to God to save us.3. We dont do what the temptation was prompting us to do.4. We have overcome the temptation! We become spirituallystronger!
So you see that temptation is not sin.It is only when we yield to temptation thatwe sin (Jas.1:14,15).But we have the possibility of not givingin, with the help of God.Almost at the beginning of manshistory, God told Cain that sin wascrouching at the door, but that he shouldmaster it (Ge.4:7).
We havent sinned even when we are strugglingagainst sin.But we sin when we yield in our heart, that is, choose tosin. For example: If we suddenly happen to see pornography and wecontinue to soak in in, it is sin. Even if we turn awayfrom the picture but continue to enjoy it in ourimagination we sin. Imagine somebody who did something wrong to us. Ifwe go and let him really have it - tit for tat or more - wesin, of course. But even if we dont actually do or sayanything to him, but carry on with unforgiving attitudesor malicious thoughts, we sin.
Obvious temptations are: Drug addiction Dirty thoughts, seeing porn and more Hurting or harming others, e.g office politics, between friendstoo Running behind money, a major source of temptation. Having sexual relations outside marriage Homosexuality. Cheating and lying to each-other Crime – murder, theft, burn cases and many moreEven not so obvious ones are temptations, like: Wasting time Negative thoughts, anger, bitterness, pride, etc. Not living up to our full potential
1 John 2 : 15, 16For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh,the lust of the eyes, andthe pride of life— comes not from the Father but fromthe world.
1 Peter 5 : 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Yourenemy the devil prowls around like a roaringlion looking for someone to devour.What does God do for you ?2 Thessalonians 3 : 3 But the Lord isfaithful, and he will strengthen you andprotect you from the evil one.
Matthew 26:41 - Watch and prayPsalm 119:9,11 – Live according to word of God.- Hide the word of God in your heart1 John 5:4,5 - Our faith and beliefs will overcome it.James 4 : 7 - Submit yourselves to God; resist thedevil, and he will flee from you.2 Timothy 2:22 - Flee from the evil desires of youth
How to kill a frog?If you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump outPut the frog in cold water and warm it one degree at atime.What happens?
WorstconditionAll of a sudden.. it “croaks” (dies)
You kill a frog..…..one degree at a time.If you are wondering where to set the limit, you haveprobably already crossed it!!
The best drink is often the next one.Yet most of those addicted find it hard toadmit the fact that they are addicted.Till one day… they reach the point of noreturn.This is Satan’s strategy - to keep peopleaway from God by bringing in slow killersthat destroy people before they even knowit!
Don’t delay!!You will surely get victory.
What are some means by which Satanputs us on a guilt trip?What are some dangers of taking God’sassurance of victory for granted?What are the benefits of being able toleverage God’s forgiveness?
Reference: Navigators discipleship series Study conducted by: Bella Pillai Presentation Material by: Swati Bonawate