Showing posts with label Temptation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Temptation. Show all posts

08 June 2019

A Few Thoughts About Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 WEL Therefore, the one who thinks he stands, beware lest he fall. 13 No temptation has taken you but what is common to humanity, but God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, and with the temptation he will also make a way to escape, so that you can endure it.
We must be aware that we are weakest when we think we are strong.
A false confidence will lead to problems.
You’ve probably see pictures as this:

If we are confident we can overcome a temptation, a tempting situation, a tempting environment, etc., we probably will fall.
So Peter thought: Mark 14:31, 69-71 NET But Peter insisted emphatically, "Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you." And all of them said the same thing. ... When the slave girl saw him, she began again to say to the bystanders, "This man is one of them." But he denied it again. A short time later the bystanders again said to Peter, "You must be one of them, because you are also a Galilean." Then he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, "I do not know this man you are talking about!"
Will happen:
  • God does not tempt: James 1:13 NET Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.
  • The underlying principle of temptation is our desires. Even as Christians, we have desires. A desire that is godly is OK, but ungodly desires are wrong. A desire to eat is expected, but when it consumes us, overpowers us, and we indulge in overeating, we are addicted. Note, sin itself is addicting, for we cannot stop. Only God’s grace is suffice.
Need to be alert, aware, that temptation will happen:
    • Matthew 26:41 NKJV "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
    • 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Help to be delivered. We cannot do it on our own: 2 Peter 2:9 NKJV Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.
Satan hates God and believers
He tempts, so Believers will fall away: 1 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
He makes sin attractive and stirs up our desires: James 1:13-15 NIV When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Deliverance. We need to be
  • Awareness of God’s grace: Romans 6:14 NLT Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace.
  • Awareness of seeking His wisdom: 2 Corinthians 1:12 NLT We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God's grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.
  • Awareness of temptation, even temptation from fake Christians: 2 Corinthians 1:12 NLT We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God's grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.
  • Avoid those things we know are dangerous as an alcoholic should not be a bartender.
  • Be humble. As our verse states, “Therefore, the one who thinks he stands, beware lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 WEL).
  • Knowing that temptation comes in 10 broad areas.
      • Related to God
        • No other God except Yahweh, so anything of greater importance is sin
        • No images of God, since we do not know what God looks like, so no idols.
        • No blasphemy, so not to diss His name, His character, His actions, His decisions, His rules, His judgment, His attributes, etc.
        • One day a week special to God. The Sabbath is not repeated in the New Testament for Christians. Still, there needs to be one day of rest and worship.
      • Related to Humans
        • Honor parents, so respect them and help them if possible.
        • No murder
        • No adultery, so no sexual sins.
        • No stealing
        • No false witness, so no lying.
        • No coveting
      • These sins and temptation to sin can be in thoughts, desires, words, and/or deeds.
      • Temptation itself is not a sin
  • We need to know God’s ways and thoughts. This can come only from reading and studying the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
  • We need fellowship. We can’t make it alone if there are other believers available.
  • We need to pray. Hebrews 4:16 NIV Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
  • We need to realize that all sin is addictive. John 8:34 NLT Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
  • We need to understand that even the greatest saints are tempted: Romans 7:23-25 NLT But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Some resources (I can’t vouch for the website but found these helpful).
Daniel and many other sought God’s help: Daniel 6:11 NLT Then the officials went together to Daniel's house and found him praying and asking for God's help.

09 February 2019

Some Thoughts About Eve

Genesis 3:6 NKJV So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Eve became aware of 3 things:
  1. The tree was good for food.
  2. The tree was pleasant to the eyes.
  3. The tree was desirable to make one wise.

Eve made a wrong conclusion—it was good and not forbidden.

Eve took the wrong action—she ate the fruit.

We know
  • All of creation was perfect and good.
  • Adam being alone was identified by God as being not good: Genesis 2:18 NRSV Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.

God created Eve
  • For fellowship. God has no need for fellowship. Fellowship is something God enjoys, but He does not have a need. Adam had a need for fellowship.
  • For the other half of wisdom and spiritual gifts that Adam did not have. Adam could make a full, wise decision with Eve’s input. Without her input, it would not be a full, wise decision. Only God is complete in Himself. God made it clear that being governor of the earth would not be correct without Eve.
  • For a female. Adam had a need for companionship. God has no needs. God wants to make it clear that Adam had needs that Adam could not fulfill.
  • To express love and other attributes.
  • To receive love and other attributes.

What we can learn from Eve becoming aware of 3 things:
  1. The tree was good for food.
    1. She may have thought it to be a poisonous plant, so thinking she would drop dead from the plant.
    2. She may not have thought about it before.
    3. She may not have known all the facts, thus a failure on Adam’s part.
  2. The tree was pleasant to the eyes.
    1. She may not have looked at it before.
    2. She may not have studied it, just avoiding it.
  3. The tree was desirable to make one wise.
    1. She wanted to learn.
    2. Wisdom is good to learn and is approved by God.
    3. She was ignorant of the type of wisdom, she would receive.

Adam failed.
  • This showed that he did not have complete wisdom. He made a bad decision.
  • This showed a lack of love for God first and also for Eve.
  • This showed that He did not believe God.
  • This showed ignorance of God’s character and attributes. Perhaps, he was thinking, “Since God is not here, He will not know.”

Eve’s punishment: pain in childbirth. (She also shared in loss of fellowship with God and spiritual death and eventually physical death. But, the only punishment specified was pain in childbirth).
Eve’s promise from God: Messiah will come from your seed, not Adam’s seed.

Adam’s punishment
  • Hard work with little reward.
  • Guilt
  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Loss of fellowship with God
  • Knowing all creation suffered because Adam sinned. Note, all this suffering is NOT from Eve’s sin.
    • Romans 5:12 NKJV Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:21 NKJV For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
    • Romans 5:14 NKJV Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45 NKJV For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. ... And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

  • The temptation we face is not unique to us; it is common to all humans: 1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it.
  • James 1:12 NRSV Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  • It is from sinful desire within us: James 1:14-16 NRSV But one is tempted by one's own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved.
  • Love of other things: 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
  • Things that are more important than God, His teachings, and His lifestyle: Luke 8:14 NKJV Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
  • The devil knows what we enjoy and have pleasure in, so he makes sure there is opportunity: Romans 7:5 NKJV For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
  • The devil gives us what WE THINK IS A BETTER DEAL in life: 1 Timothy 5:15 GW Some of them have already turned away to follow Satan.

  • We need God’s help: Matthew 6:13 NKJV And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
  • We need to follow God’s advice by application: Matthew 26:41 HCSB Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  • We need to endure temptation. God gives the grace to do this, but we must do: James 1:12 NRSV Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  • We need to humble ourselves, asking God to help. We must also resist: James 4:7 NLT So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • The Lord Jesus knows, has experienced temptation, and is compassionate willing to help us: Hebrews 2:18 NIV Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
  • This passage refers to uncalled for angry but can be applied to any temptation, sin, sinful situation: Ephesians 4:26-27 NET Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.
  • The testing of faith produces endurance (the idea of no pain, no gain): James 1:2-3 NET My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
  • Believers have the Holy Spirit in them to help in temptation: 1 John 4:4 NKJV You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
  • Realize satan hates us and has many evil thoughts and plans: 2 Corinthians 2:11 WEL Fearing that Satan would take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his evil thoughts.
  • Don’t blame God: James 1:13 NRSV No one, when tempted, should say, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one.
  • God allows tests of our faith, not to find out if we are genuine but so we can find out if we are genuine: 1 Peter 1:6-7 NRSV In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
  • We resist, but God gives us the strength: 2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
  • Recognizing evil. We have to know what God teaches (Bible) and recognize truth. This was part of Eve’s downfall, for she did not know completely. Adam knew but did not teach her the total truth. Genesis 3:1-7 NKJV Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
  • We must know the truth. Otherwise, we will be tricked by fake teachers and the false teachings. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NKJV For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
  • Confess our sin and repent (don’t do it anymore): 1 John 1:9 MKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

05 February 2018

Praying to Avoid Temptation

Here is a helpful sermon by Dr. William T Koopmans on Praying to Avoid Temptation

Dear People of God,
Temptation is like slick ice on the parking lot. One careless move and you fall flat before you know it. Temptation is also like a trap door. One false step and you free-fall headlong down to the next story of sin!

The circumstances and situations of temptation create a danger zone! The warning signs should be up: "Danger – Keep Out!" All of us as followers of Jesus Christ will need to face situations in which we will be tempted. How are we equipped to face and avoid the crippling effects of temptation as we follow God in our Christian walk?

The passages we read introduce the topic of temptation in a clear and helpful way. In 1 Corinthians 10, the apostle Paul reflects upon some of the temptations that the ancient Israelites faced while they were on their journey. On the way from Egypt to Israel, under way to the land of hope and promise, they repeatedly faced the obstacles and barriers of temptation.

Circumstances and situations in life may change, but the Christian life will continue to challenge all of God’s children to avoid temptation. The sixth petition of the Lord’s Prayer asks that God will not lead us into temptation but will, rather, deliver us from the evil one. Jesus truly understood the challenges that his followers would face. And we must understand that the quality of our Christian life will be directly related to the way that we are empowered to avoid temptation.

In this message we focus first upon the link between temptation and sin. Second, we look more closely at the prayer to be delivered from temptation and evil.

1. The link between temptation and sin
As God’s children we will experience...


21 June 2017

Destructive Patterns

Theme: God can use flawed people

Scriptures: Judges 16:1-31

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion lesson book)
Know: Samson’s patterns of sin and lust led to the Spirit leaving him, taking away his strength. God later used Samson again when he cried out to God.
Think: Maintain a mindset of humble obedience and dependence of God.
Do: Stay in close fellowship with God by confessing sin daily and avoiding sinful patterns.

Notes and questions:
B1 Basics
C1 Images: Source

C2 Samson
D1 What were Samson’s strengths?
D2 What were Samson’s weaknesses?
D3 Why did God use this fellow as His judge?
D4 Did Samson always love God the way he should have?
D5 How does this verse apply to Samson? “If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15, NKJV)
D6 How does Samson compare with Moses? By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, (Hebrews 11:24-25, NKJV)
D7 Did Samson live this verse? LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; (Psalms 15:1-2, NKJV)
D8 Did Samson repent? See Judges 16:28
B2 Judges 16:1-3,
C1 Why is Samson in Gaza?
C2 Samson sinned, but he was still able to lift the gates to the city with its bars and posts and carry them off to the top of a hill. Why did God still give Samson strength?
C3 A quote on Samson and the gate: The Gaza gate would have consisted of two thick doors that could be barred, and the side posts probably turned in stone sockets. Many of the ancient gates were also covered with metal or at least reinforced with metal bands. Samson pulled up the barred gate with the side posts attached and carried the whole thing off. It was as if he pulled a flower out of the ground, yet Dr. William Barrick computed the weight of the gate and posts to have been between five and ten tons (“Samson’s Removal of Gaza’s Gates,”, n.d.) And Samson carried the gate to Hebron, which was 36 miles away and 3,200 feet higher in altitude!
B3 Judges 16:4-17
C1 Love This word describes a serious love. It is used
D1 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only [son] Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2, NKJV)
D2 “Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you. (Deuteronomy 23:5, NKJV)
D3 By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. (Song of Solomon 3:1, NKJV)
C2 1100 pieces of silver from each Philistine lord.
D1 Five lords each giving 1100 pieces of silver equals 5,500 pieces of silver.
D2 Thayer believes that a silver piece used to pay Judas the Betrayer was a tetradrachm.
D3 A tetradrachm weighed about 0.5 troy ounces.
D4 0.5 troy ounces equals 15.55 grams.
D4 A gram on today’s silver market is worth about $0.53. (20 Jun 17)
D5 It is believed that one silver piece was worth about $8.24.
D6 1,100 pieces of silver would be worth approximately $9,065.65.
D7 The 5,500 pieces of silver would be worth about $45,328.25.
D8 The buying value of that probably was a lot more than that. The 30 pieces of silver given then returned by Judas the Betrayer bought a field for a cemetery. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, “and gave them for the potter’s field, as the LORD directed me.” (Matthew 27:6-10, NKJV)
C3 A withe in the culture of that day was probably a small rope made from green tree bark. The Hebrew word suggests a small rope or cord.
C4 A tow would be similar to a wick or thread.
C5 The new ropes would have been made from seasoned materials, not green.
C6 “That he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I [have been] a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man.” (Judges 16:17, NKJV). What was the source of his strength?
D1 It is not long hair.
D2 It is his dedication and vow as a Nazirite.
D3 According to the ISBE article on Nazirite, the conditions are:
E1 The strictest abstinence from wine and from every product of the vine
E2 The keeping of the hair uncut and the beard untouched by a razor
E3 The prohibition to touch a dead body
E4 Prohibition of unclean food (Judges 13:5-7; Judges 13:6)
D4 As long as he kept his vow, God was with him. Thus, he had to obey to have God’s blessing.
C7 Why did Delilah love money more than Samson?
C8 What was wrong with Samson that he could not see what she was really after?
C9 How do we deal with weaknesses, our failures to stand true to God’s rules? It was a moral weakness that took Samson down to defeat. How do we stay true to God? How do we avoid sin ruining our character and testimony?
C10 Why is sin so appealing to the flesh?
C11 Will a little compromise lead to more compromise?
B4 Judges 16:18-31,
C1 What is the significance of the words: But he did not know that the LORD  had departed from him. (Judges 16:20, NKJV)?
C2 What happens when we sin and have moral or other downfalls? So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. “However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also [who is] born to you shall surely die.” (2 Samuel 12:13-14, NKJV)
C3 While the Philistines were praising dagon, they were soon to find out that dagon was not able to protect them from their enemy.
B5 Steps in downfall
C1 Each human Romans 1:18-32
D1 Everyone knows there is God.
D2 God shows Himself through creation. This is part of prevenient grace.
D3 Truth is deliberately suppressed. This is resistance to God’s grace.
D4 Unrighteousness is how people suppress truth. This is the unrighteousness that comes from the heart, the inner person. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:18-19, NKJV). People do not live in thoughts, words, desires, or deeds that way God wants us to. There are no excuses as, “I didn’t know.”
D5 They resisted glorifying God and thanking God.
D6 The consequences of this leads to a change in thinking (it becomes futile, that is, starting to think their unreasonable thoughts are the truth). It also leads to the heart becoming darker, that is, there is less light from God to know truth.
D7 Self deception comes next, for they believe they are very wise, but in reality, they are fools.
D8 They start to worship an other god, usually themselves and whatever is comfortable for them.  This has consequences leading to uncleanness. This is spiritual but also physical, not the dirt of hard work but the dirt of sin. They wanted freedom, but they became slaves of sin. Compare: knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him,] that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (Romans 6:6, NKJV)
D9 This leads to God removing His grace even more, so that now they desired, lusted, for things that God disapproves of. Dishonor their bodies refers to mistreatment of our body in any way, especially sinful ways.
D10 People leave God’s truths for lies, then worship and serve those lies. We are addicted to sin.
D11 They turn to unnatural sin practices of all and any types in words, thoughts, desires, and deeds.
D12 This has consequences and affects the body.
D13 Still rejecting God and His ways, God allows them to have a debased mind, a reprobate mind. It is the mind that rejects good and chooses evil. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20, NKJV)
D14 Now, it seems, there is no stopping of the flood of evil that people do. Among these are...all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. (Romans 1:29-31, HCSB). They not only do them but are filled with them.
D15 Finally, they are recruiters of others to do evil, even though they know the punishment of God.
C2 To sin (James 1:13-15)
D1 God does not tempt. God cannot be tempted.
D2 Our hearts choose to lust after something evil. This builds, sometimes for years. We are tempted to sin.
D3 So then (sadly) we often decide to do evil (...desire has conceived).
D4 We sin.
D5 We die. This would be our testimony, our prayer life, often our family, our____.
B6 Remember
C1 We must know what God wants. We must read and study the Bible daily.
C2 We must pray for God’s deliverance and protection. So we must avoid sin.
C3 If we sin, we must repent, confess, and ask forgiveness.
C4 We are in this together. Pray for one another.
C5 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18, HCSB)
C6 [Let your] conduct [be] without covetousness; [be] content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD [is] my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”  (Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV)
C7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV)
B7 Next week:
C1 Pleasing God
C2 Theme: Walking in Godliness
C3 Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

08 December 2016

Beating Temptation

Theme: The temptation of Jesus

Know: Jesus overcame temptation by knowing and applying God’s Word.
Think: Have my mind so permeated by God’s Word that my natural response to temptation is to refute it with Scripture.
Do: Follow Christ’s example to overcome temptation.

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

Notes and questions:
B1 The parallel passages are Mark 1:12-15 and Luke 4:1-13.
B2 Definitions:
  • Temptation:
    • In good sense: to test someone to prove them or go through something difficult as in John 6:6
    • In bad sense: to get them to rebel and do evil as here and in Matthew 16:6, Matthew 22:18, etc.
  • Fast/fasting:
B2 Matthew 4:1-2,
  • Why was the Lord Jesus led into the wilderness instead of being sent on a preaching tour? (Part of it would be is that He had to be tested, as any would be to see if He would be true to God’s ways. Compare Genesis 3:6-7, 1 Samuel 13, 1 Samuel 15, etc. These were tested and proved untrue, unloyal, and disobedient. The Lord Jesus was true, loyal, and obedient).
  • Does the devil tempt everyone?
  • Why the fasting?
  • What does the phrase “...afterward He was hungry” imply?
B3 Matthew 4:3-4,
  • Why did the devil ask the Lord Jesus the question, “If you are the Son of God…?”
  • What does the Lord Jesus’s answer tell us about His character?
  • How can we apply this to our own life?
  • How can we live by every word that God speaks?
  • Is making and eating bread a sin? Why would it be so here?
B4 Matthew 4:5-7,
  • Why did the devil take the Lord Jesus to the highest point of the Temple? Couldn’t the devil have done the same thing in the wilderness? How can we apply this to our lives?
  • Why does the devil quote Scripture?
  • What is the devil’s method of Bible interpretation?
  • What does Jesus’s answer reveal about His character?
  • What does the words “...the Lord your God” tells us about Jesus?
B5 Matthew 4:8-10,
  • Why does the devil take Jesus to an exceedingly high mountain?
  • Is this a genuine offer by the devil?
  • Couldn’t the Lord Jesus simply bowed to the devil for a moment?
  • Did the devil obey the Lord Jesus when he heard the words, “Away with you, satan?”
  • What two things are listed in Matthew 4:10 that are required for all?
  • How do we worship and serve God?
  • Does this contradict verses that tell us to obey government?
B6 Matthew 4:11,
  • Where the the devil go?
  • How did the angels minister to the Lord Jesus?
B7 Why do we give in to temptations?
B8 Does the Lord Jesus understand temptation? Yes, see Hebrews 2:18.
B9 Is being tempted the same as committing a sin? Explain.
B10 Why are we tempted? How does this lead to sin? Can’t we just play with fire? See James 1:12-16.
B11 How did the Lord Jesus prepare Himself to battle temptation? Can we do the same? (We need to know what sin is, what God wants and does not want, what God believes and teaches (doctrine). What is the best way to obtain this knowledge?
B12 Is sin an addiction?
B13 Does impatience play a role in temptation?
B14 Read:
  • Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever. 1John 2:15-1Jo 2:17
  • How does loving the world and the things of this world affect us?
  • What are the three classes of what is in the world?
  • Was the Lord Jesus tempted with these three things?
  • How did the Lord Jesus overcome these?
  • What are the qualifications of the Lord Jesus that can/will help us?
B15 1 Timothy 2:22
  • Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2Timothy 2:22
  • How can following these things help us fight temptation?
B16 2 Peter 2:1-3,
  • How can we avoid and recognize false teachers and false teaching?
  • What happens to the way of truth when false teachers and teaching are listened to and heeded?
  • Regarding 2 Peter 2:3, how can these false teachers exploit us?
B17 Read 1 Peter 5:8, how can we be on the alert? How does entering the silence prevent being alert? (Most of the techniques are a form of self-hypnosis. They seek meeting God in the silence and then hearing His message). We have the Scriptures reveal what is the truth. We do not need anything else. We cannot manipulate God to have our prayers answered. God wants us alert. How would anyone know if this god of the silence is the God of the Bible?
B18 How does Hebrews 13:5-6 help us in temptation?
B19 How does the story of Joseph (Genesis 39:6-10) help us in temptation?
B20 How does Psalm 119:11 help us? How did Jesus use Scripture in resisting temptation?
B21 Does committing one sin doom us to hell? Explain. See 1 John 3:8 (He who keeps doing sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was manifested for this purpose: to undo the devil's works. 1John 3:8).
B22 How does 1 Corinthians 10:13 relate? (There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.  1Corinthians 10:13).
B23 Be honest, and pray, believe, study, memorize, confess sins, avoid, seek help, and rely on Jesus Christ. Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  Hebrews 13:5-6
B24 Next week:
  • Glory Revealed
  • Theme: The transfiguration of Jesus
  • Scriptures: Matthew 17:1-13