September 11, 2020
Reasons we are tempted:
Universal 1 Cor 10:13
Women are often tempted by words of affirmation
Men are often tempted by what they see
“Overtaken” Gen 4:7 temptation, like a predatory cat, hunts you.
The gazelle outruns the cheetah over and over again.
MOTIVATION “Now would be a good time to give a motivational speech…..but I just don’t feel like it.”
If you are not motivated to overcome because of your love for Jesus, then let the pain be your motivation. God wants you to succeed in every area of your life in all the ways that are truly important.
But beware the enemy nips at your heels, trying to distract. “The road to success is dotted with many interesting parking spaces.” Will Rogers
My grandfather used to give me advice like this, “With a small business you are either moving forward or moving backward, never standing still.” I think this is true of our Christian walk as well.
Surrounded by sin John 17:14-16
Forced upon us/Peer pressure Acts 4:13-20
James 1:13-15 entice: this word means to bait someone as a fisherman baits the hook. The intent is to lure someone out of a safe place (church, Word, hedge) and ensnare.
Conceived: Conception requires intimacy. You have exchanged intimacy with God and Brothers and sisters for intimacy with your own burning lust.
Birth: Gestation is difficult, delivery is exceptionally painful, only to deliver stillborn. Expectations die as does the one who delivered.
Methods of victory:
Run Gen 39:7-12; 1 Cor 6:18; (Feugw: present imperative keep running Ps 119:9,11)
Replacement therapy (Phil 4:8)
- Scripture 2. Bilbo Baggins 3. Process something in your mind
Fight (too often, especially the tongue)
Fight against heresy! 2 Cor 10:3-6
Fight for others Ez 22:29-31
Fight against the darkness Rom 16:20 Eph 6