Looking for God When Tempted (17 of 37) by John Barnett

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Looking for God When Tempted (17 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 1:13-15

Let's open to the book of James again. As you turn there I want to share with you that it happened again last night. We got home and our sweet little wide eyed fluffy haired two-year-old demonstrated the Fall again. He has the biggest eyes of anybody in our family and they are big shiny eyes but he still thinks just as Adam and Eve thought in the Garden of Eden that if he hides his eyes so he can't see us then we can't see him. And often I've found him when he's done something wrong with his head under something like this and his whole body sticking out and he thinks I can't see him because he can't see me and he figures if he can't see me I can't see him. And you know that's what happened with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember they sinned and transgressed God's commands and so they went and hid themselves and they thought that by hiding amidst the trees and flowers and plants of the Garden-if they couldn't see God then God couldn't see them. And that's the Fall; that's what happens to our spirit being when we fall. We forget that the eternal, self-existent living God of the Universe that made all things-we think He can't see us when we don't see him. And this morning there's just one thing I want you to go home with in your mind and that is that the next time today, this afternoon, tonight-that you are confronted with temptation there's something that you need to do and that is look for God. Don't stick your head under the crib and think He doesn't see you. Instead look around for Him. Look for God the next time you are tempted because that's the second key to overcoming temptation we want to look at this morning: LOOKING FOR GOD WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED. So what is it we should do the next time we are tempted? LOOK FOR GOD.

I am going to show you what I mean by that. Look at James 1:13. If you haven't yet marked your Bible you can mark your Bible ...


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