Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Believer's Battle - Temptation
This is the last in the series summarizing our pastor's sermon series on the Believer's Battle. This is just a short synopsis of the message. The link at the bottom will take you to the audio of the sermon, if you would like to hear it.
We are tempted to blame many things and many people for our temptations, but the truth is that temptations are not the fault of other people. Temptations are common to all of us. No one should think he is unusual when he is tempted. It's a normal part of living in a fallen world.
Temptations are not sinful in themselves. Even Jesus was tempted in all points like we are, yet He was without sin. But that doesn't mean that they are easy to deal with. They are a means the devil uses to activate our own desires. That's where the trouble comes from. We are tempted when we are drawn away of our own desires and enticed. (James 1:13-16)
There are some biblical actions we need to take in order to successfully fight temptation.
We need to...
Abide in Christ – John 15:1-11
Walk & be controlled by the Spirit – Ephesians 5:18
Make no provision for the flesh – Romans 13:14
Meditate and heed the Word of God – Psalm 119:9-11
Affirm the truth and priority of God's Word – Matthew 4:1-11
Acknowledge God has made a way of escape – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Avoid situations that make temptation hard – Proverbs 22:3
Pray – Matthew 6:13
Guard yourself and your mind – 1 Peter 1:13
Learn to say, “NO” – Proverbs 1:10
To hear the audio of the message brought to you from Faith Baptist Church in Mattawan, Michigan, click here.