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Temptation Stage! (2 of 6)
Series: Journey of Faith
Genesis 12:10-20; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Peter 5:6-10
INTRO: Temptation is something that we will have to deal with the rest of our life, and it has the potential of destroying us if we don't master it.
ILLUS: In the spring when the ice breaks up a very unusual sight can be seen on the great Niagara Falls. Huge numbers of dead fish can be seen floating, encased in chunks of ice from the winter time ... the sea gulls are everywhere landing on the chunks of ice and picking at it with their beaks until they get the frozen treat they seek. Just as the floating ice chunks reach the edge of the falls the gulls would spread their wings and fly away from the danger of going over with the pieces of ice. If one watches however you would be shocked by the sight of some gulls that have stayed too long on the piece of ice, their feet melted into the ice and refroze in it ... they too go over to their destruction for having dwelt too long of these frozen desserts! - Source Unknown
Temptation and sin are like this! Sin can be so appealing, it can look like fun and even be attractive, but when the time comes to flee and we have stayed too long we will find ourselves going over the edge to our destruction, death results instead of life!
PROP. SENT: The biggest challenge of your life will be how you handle temptations! Those who succeed at refusing temptations to sin will be those who will live as victorious Christians - it won't matter how well you can fly, just like those gulls - when you dwell on temptation you're going to be frozen to it! FLEEING is sometimes the best solution for fighting temptation!
TRANS. SENT: Charles Spurgeon the great preacher once said this about temptation: ''Learn to say 'no' … it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin!''
I. TEMPTATION TO STRAY! Gen. 12:10-11; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Pet. 5:6-10
A. Consequences Gen. 12:10; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Pet. 5:6-10 ...
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