The Pressure of Temptation
James 1:13-18
John R. Wible
September 8, 2013
1John R. Wible,
Temptation
John R. Wible, 2
• Temptation Is Inevitable (James 1: 13)
• Temptation Is Predictable (James 1:14-15)
• Temptat...
The Devil Made Me Do it
John R. Wible, 3
Key Words
• Trial – Bad things that occur either by our
own choice or by God’s sovereign will
• Temptation – The raising o...
The Setting
• After writing about how we should respond
to the trials we face, James turned his
attention to temptations. ...
The Bible Meets Life – Page 23
Q: What does it say about temptation’s
promise and delivery?
1. Temptation always promises ...
James 1:13
13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am
being tempted by God.” For God is not
tempted by evil, and He Hi...
Temptation Never comes from God
Q: What are some reasons the author gives to
support this statement? (See Page 25.)
• Noth...
James 1:14-15
14 But each person is tempted when he is
drawn away and enticed by his own evil
desires.
15 Then after desir...
Where Do They Come From?
There is a pattern:
• enticed,
• conceived,
• sin,
• death.
Q: What are some needs we have?
Q: Ho...
James 1:16-18
Temptation is beatable, but you must rely on God
16 Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.
17 Every ge...
Three of God’s Provisions
• A relationship with Christ,
• God’s Word,
• An escape route
13 No temptation has overtaken you...
Question
Question #5 (BOOK, p. 30): “What advice
would you give to someone who is struggling
with temptation?”
Is that rea...
Build Up Your Resistance
• How do you “Build Up Your Resistance?”
• See Page 31.
• James emphasizes God’s generosity and
g...
God Never “Turns”
John R. Wible, 15
God Never “Turns”
Q: How does this hymn help us understand why
God is not the source of temptation?
Q: What is comforting ...
Gospel Connection
• Temptation leads to sin which leads to death,
but Jesus Christ offers us abundant and
eternal life as ...
Do You Really Care?
(1) how we can help one another in our battles
against temptation?
(2) what kinds of commitments we ne...
(W)Rap-Up
RESIST
RELY
REST
John R. Wible, 19
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  1. 1. The Pressure of Temptation James 1:13-18 John R. Wible September 8, 2013 1John R. Wible,
  2. 2. Temptation John R. Wible, 2 • Temptation Is Inevitable (James 1: 13) • Temptation Is Predictable (James 1:14-15) • Temptation is Avoidable (James 1:16-18) The Point - God won’t tempt me, but He will always provide a way to resist temptation Temptation is a reality for all of us. Even Jesus was tempted. We can’t avoid it, but we don’t have to give in to it
  3. 3. The Devil Made Me Do it John R. Wible, 3
  4. 4. Key Words • Trial – Bad things that occur either by our own choice or by God’s sovereign will • Temptation – The raising of the desire in us to sin. Temptations originate directly from Satan, never God. • Trial/tempt (v. 13)— Come from the same Greek word. Context determines whether the word means trials or enticements to sin. John R. Wible, 4
  5. 5. The Setting • After writing about how we should respond to the trials we face, James turned his attention to temptations. We all face trials and temptations, but temptations do not come from God. James concluded this section by pointing our attention to what does come from God. God is the giver of all good things. • See Page 22. John R. Wible, 5
  6. 6. The Bible Meets Life – Page 23 Q: What does it say about temptation’s promise and delivery? 1. Temptation always promises some gain 2. Temptation will also promise that you won’t get hurt Q: What are some of your thoughts and emotions after you realize that the temptation you gave in to was a lie? John R. Wible, 6
  7. 7. James 1:13 13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. John R. Wible, 7
  8. 8. Temptation Never comes from God Q: What are some reasons the author gives to support this statement? (See Page 25.) • Nothing in His nature makes Him vulnerable to temptation. (Deut. 32:4). • Second, He doesn’t tempt anyone. That is, His activity is completely consistent with His character. John R. Wible, 8
  9. 9. James 1:14-15 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth • Q: Do you agree that temptation is unique to each individual? • Q: Name some things that are tempting to some people but not tempting to others? John R. Wible, 9
  10. 10. Where Do They Come From? There is a pattern: • enticed, • conceived, • sin, • death. Q: What are some needs we have? Q: How can get twisted into something evil? See Page 29. “Gifts” John R. Wible, 10
  11. 11. James 1:16-18 Temptation is beatable, but you must rely on God 16 Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers. 17 Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. 18 By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures. John R. Wible, 11
  12. 12. Three of God’s Provisions • A relationship with Christ, • God’s Word, • An escape route 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. John R. Wible, 12
  13. 13. Question Question #5 (BOOK, p. 30): “What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with temptation?” Is that real or is it “Sunday School” jargon? How do you know that? John R. Wible, 13
  14. 14. Build Up Your Resistance • How do you “Build Up Your Resistance?” • See Page 31. • James emphasizes God’s generosity and goodness • “with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” V. 17. John R. Wible, 14
  15. 15. God Never “Turns” John R. Wible, 15
  16. 16. God Never “Turns” Q: How does this hymn help us understand why God is not the source of temptation? Q: What is comforting in the truth that God never changes? • Knowing that sin’s pleasure is fleeting helps us in our struggle against temptation.” John R. Wible, 16
  17. 17. Gospel Connection • Temptation leads to sin which leads to death, but Jesus Christ offers us abundant and eternal life as well as freedom from death. • Q: How do we connect that truth to people we know or meet? • See Page 2 in the Book for guidance on leading a person to Christ. John R. Wible, 17
  18. 18. Do You Really Care? (1) how we can help one another in our battles against temptation? (2) what kinds of commitments we need to make so we feel comfortable sharing our struggles? John R. Wible, 18
  19. 19. (W)Rap-Up RESIST RELY REST John R. Wible, 19

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