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Fire (5 of 5)
Series: Natural Disaster - Life Happens, Be Prepared
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• James 1:13,14 (NIV)
• Matt. 26:41 (NIV)
• Be Alert to Where I'm Vulnerable
• 1 Cor. 10:12 (LB)
• Be Alert to How Satan Works
I have been in a series that I am calling Natural Disaster as we've been learning to storm proof our lives and relationships from the earthquake of stress, the volcano of anger, the hurricane winds of change that blow into every relationship and from the flood of crisis. Today we are talking about the fire of temptation. Nothing burns more lives or torches more relationships then what we are talking about today. In fact, the oldest problem in the world is temptation. It all started back in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. In fact, the two greatest battles in history took place in a garden. First, in the Garden of Eden when Satan came to tempt Adam and Eve and they fell into sin. We've had problems in relationships every since. Then in the Garden of Gethsemane when Satan came to Christ to tempt Him to not go to the cross to forgive us of our sins. But, fortunately, He didn't give in. Now you and I face the fire of temptation every day in our lives. But the Bible says it doesn't have to be a disaster. So I want you to look at your first verse, our key verse, James 1:13,14. It's right there in your notes. It says "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, or does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed." Circle the words when tempted. Notice it says when you are tempted, not if you'll be tempted. We all face temptation. We all struggle with the fire of temptation. It's not a sin to be tempted. It's a sin to give in to the temptation. Jesus Christ was tempted and yet He never sinned. It always kind of bothers me when I hear some Christians say things like "I'm so spiritually mature now that it's been at least 25 years since I was tempted." I want to say who are you kidding? We all face temptation each and every day. We all struggle with the fire of temptation. It reminds me of the young seminary professor who was walking with the 75 year old seminary president who was getting ready to retire. This elderly seminary president was trying to impart some wisdom to this young professor. As they were walking along the sidewalk this beautiful, voluptuous woman walked by. The young seminary professor just lost his train of thought. It was obvious and he was very embarrassed so he just blurted out, "I sure will be glad when this kind of thing doesn't affect me anymore. When I'm old enough that it doesn't affect me at all." The elderly seminary president said, "yeah, me too."