Temptation And What To Do About It
Modem people think of "temptation" as "seduction" but the term when used in the Bible means "to put a person to the test" whether benevolently to show his qualities or malevolently to expose his weaknesses. We need a biblical view of temptation.
I. Temptation Needs to Be Understood.
A. Its origins.
1. God permits His people to be tested.
a. To reveal their true condition. Genesis 22:1 2
b. To purify their faith. 1 Peter 1:6 7
c. To produce character. James 1:2 4
d. To assure them of His love. Romans 5:3ff
2. Satan tempts God's people.
a. By crushing them. Job 1:11ff
b. By encouraging wrong satisfaction of valid desires.
c. By making them complacent and careless. Galatians 6:1
d. By misrepresenting God. Matthew 4:5ff
B. Its potential.
1. Opportunity to go wrong or do right.
2. Opportunity for seduction or strengthening.
3. Opportunity to prove our weakness or proj ...
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