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• Temptation is something we face as born-again believers.• NO matter how long we have been FOLLOWING Christ.• You can LEARN how to avoid by practicing these steps.• We can do to grow stronger and smarter in our struggle AGAINST sin.
• JOHN 4:1-13 • 3Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do notlive by bread alone. • 8Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’ • 12Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.‘ • 13When the devil had ﬁnished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came
Here’s HOW: Step one• JAMES 1:12-15• 12God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13And 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. 14Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.• Recognize your TENDENCY toward sin.• Expect to be TEMPTED.• Be PREPARED for it.
Here’s HOW: Step two• JAMES 4:7-8• 7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.• RUN AWAY from the temptation.• God is FAITHFUL. 1 John 1:5-10• When you are tempted BUT......• He will show you a WAY out so that you will NOT give in to it.
Here’s HOW: Step three• HEBREWS 4:12-16• 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two- edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.• 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.• Resist with the WORD of TRUTH.• Reading the Bible daily, you will have the full counsel of God.• You will be READY whenever temptation comes.
Here’s HOW: Step four• PSALM 117• 1 Praise the LORD, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. 2 For he loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD!Refocus with PRAISEWhen your heart and mind were fully concentrated on worship.He will give you the STRENGTH to resist the temptation.
Here’s HOW: Step ﬁve• 2 PETER 3:9• 9The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.• Repent QUICKLY when you FAIL.• It’s dangerous to persist in your SIN.• In several places the Bible tells us BEST way to FLEE from it:• 1 Corinthians 6:6-20, 10:1-33,• 1 Timothy 6:1-21• 2 Timothy 2:1-26
Lord’s Supper• 1 Corinthians 11:17-34• 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”• 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.”• 27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.