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Facing Temptation (28 of 32)
ILLUSTRATION: When I was about 11 years old I road my bike down the street to my cousins home. Turns out my cousin's older brother had just bought a huge pit bull dog named . He was the meanest dog I have ever encountered. He came at me on my bike. I jumped off, nothing stood between me and cisco but a Huffy bike. Eventually after I screamed a few times my uncle came out and called the dog. As soon as the dog looked the other way I bolted. I ran as if my life depended on it. I ran into my grandmothers house and slammed the door behind me.
The Irish Poet Oscar Wilde said, "I can resist anything but temptation"
INTRODUCTION: Nothing is more real to the human experience and the Christian experience than the fact that temptations are a real, consistant, and difficult part of life. It it crucial that you have a method for dealing with temptations whether they are small enough to simply knock you off balance or large enough to try your very soul.
ILLUSTRATION: They don't tell you that. It's like recruiting for the Armed Forces. Want to see the World? Learn new skills? Make new friends? Go Army! They forget to mention people are shooting at you.
It seems as though the Bible has scattered stories like this throughout God's Word as a way to make us pause, take inventory of our lives and really answer the question, "Are we ready when temptation strikes."
You do understand that you can't wait until temptation strikes to prepare yourself. Specifically when dealing with sexual temptation.
Someone said, "God is never more unreal than in a moment of lust".
The unprepared believer is practically an atheist when he or she falls into the grips of temptation.
NOW - I know you don't intend to ever sin in this way.
• No one goes to the altar on their wedding day thinking, "I'm going to commit adultery."
• I hope you don't come to Church thinking such a thing.
John MacArthur ...
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