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Sermon About Temptation: Recognize, Confess and Resist

Sermon About Temptation: Recognize, Confess and Resist

We all struggle with sin. What do we do when we feel tempted? How can we overcome temptation?

No temptation is uncommon! There is nothing new under the sun. I John 2:16 When Tempted Remember you are not alone you are not alone God is faithful! I John 2:16 James 1:13-15 Hebrews 13 Hebrews 11-12

God has given you the ability to overcome!

There is always a way of escape!

The Bible says that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But sometimes we face temptations that seem too strong for us to resist. In this article, learn how to handle these situations and avoid falling into sin.

1. Recognize the Temptation for to Resist.

We Are Tempted. Our flesh is a battleground against Satan. Temptation is not sin; all are tempted. At times, we will fail

End result of disobedience without repentance is spiritual death. Never-ending conflict, even for mature Christians Romans 7:14-20

The struggle to resist temptation is a major theme in the Bible. It is a struggle that everyone experiences at some point in their life, and it is a struggle that everyone can learn from. The Bible makes it clear that resisting temptation is a choice, and that choosing to resist can result in great blessings. However, resisting temptation requires discipline and practice. The Bible also makes it clear that following God is the only way to truly to resist temptation trhough of Holy Spirit

First, recognize the temptation. If you’re not sure what you’re feeling, ask yourself questions like “Am I being selfish? Am I doing something wrong? Is my behavior sinful?” Once you identify the temptation, pray for help. Ask God to give you strength to resist it.

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2. Confess Sin.

Next, confess your sins to God. Tell Him how you feel and why you’ve done what you did. Then, ask Him to forgive you. Finally, thank Him for His grace and mercy.

There is consequences of sin. If people choose to do wrong, they should know that they will experience the negative consequences of their actions.

Ask God For Help.

  • Peer pressure
  • Pressure to dress a certain way
  • Pressure to be dishonest
  • The temptations of Pornography and Fornication

If you’re struggling with sin, talk to God. He wants to help you!

What the flesh wants?

- Own lust (Jas. 1:14)

- Lust of flesh (1 Jn. 5:17)

- Lust of eyes (1 Jn. 5:17)

- Pride of life (1 Jn. 5:17)


Pray To God. If you find yourself struggling with sin, pray to God. He will help you overcome temptation.

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3. Resist Temptation.

Temptation does not have to result in sin (I Cor. 10:13) & is not an excuse for sinning John 2:1  My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

Remember how Jesus resisted temptation. “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). The key is Bible study, knowledge

How Do We Resist Temptation?

Remember that we are created in God’s image Intellect & ability to reason; free will; knowledge of right & wrong.

Progress Of Temptation (James 1:14-15)

  • Tempt—originally “to test or try” or “to prove.” Must be determined by context as to whether good or evil
  • Carried away—“lured out.” Like drawing a fish out of its cover
  • Enticed—“to lure by a bait.” A hunting or fishing term when the quarry is lured from its lair
  • Lust—“strong desire.” By context as to whether good or evil. (Jesus had “strong desire” [Lk. 22:15], but not to evil). Might think of the use of this word like our use of “passion”
  • Conceived—“to take together”, “to receive.” [This word is key to under standing the process of James 1:14-15]

All temptations come through the same avenues (1 Jn. 2:16)

End result is sin, separation from God (Isa. 59:1-2; Rom. 6:23)

By nature, we are not corrupt

Possible to understand & do God’s will

Resisting temptation is a choice, and that choosing to resist can result in great blessings.


Conclusion

Don’t flirt with temptation (Prov. 4:14-15)

Change those desires (Gal. 5:24)

Stay on watch {be alert} (Mk. 14:38)

Be sure to pray (Matt. 6:13).

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