INTRODUCTION: This text is dealing primarily w/temptation to do
evil. There is a difference in temptation and trials. Satan
tempts and God tries our faith. Within every trial, designed to
strengthen and test our faith, there is also a temptation to
ILLUSTRATION: Lady loses job and someone offers her a job as a
bartender or stripper; new Christian.
I. THE REALITY OF TEMPTATION. l3a
"When" - not if; we cannot get away from being
tempted. l. What do we do? 2. Where do we place
the blame? 3. Where do we find strength?
We face daily temptation of anger, dishonesty,
resentment, bitterness, immorality, impurity.
II. THE REASONING CONCERNING TEMPTATION. l3b
Distorted reasoning - "I am tempted of God".
Temptation comes because we see something that
we don't have that we think we need. God is
perfect; he needs nothing else. Man has wanted
someone to blame for his problems. Gen. 3, Adam
said it was Eve's fault; Eve blamed Satan; we
blame God, fellow man, or our circumstances. We say,
"That is the way God made me". No, that is the way
sin made us.
III. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TEMPTATION. l4
A. Desire. l4a
"own lust" - an uncontrollable rage or desire; lust
can be many things: for power ...
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