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Temptation and the Christian

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2. TEMPTATION AND THE CHRISTIAN

I. PATIENT IN TEMPTATIONv.

A. Enduring temptation—. God never permits any temptation to be greater than one can bear. However, the choice is up to you.

B. Example of temptation—. Jesus overcame forty days of being tempted by Satan. Because He overcame, we too may overcome. See .

C. Effect of temptation. Twofold:

1. Consent—. Demas gave in to temptation and gave up following the Lord.

2. Reject—. Paul resisted temptation and stood for God through many difficult situations.

II. PROBLEM IN TEMPTATIONv.

A. Problem. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God.” God does not tempt man. Many blame God for tempting them.

B. Personality. “For God cannot be tempted with evil.” God is holy and cannot tempt man in any way to sin. In fact, He teaches man to be holy and to live a holy life!

C. Perfection. “Neither tempteth he any man.” God may test or permit Satan to tempt, as He did with Job, but He does not, and will not, tempt man.

III. POWER OF TEMPTATIONv.

Lust brings sin, and shows its results in . Note some of the results of yielding to temptation.

A. Lust. Lust means “a sinful desire.” Hollywood, TV, and magazines have changed love into lust.

B. Looseness. Many have the “do as you please” attitude. This does not agree with God’s Word. There are rules and standards.

C. Lawlessness. Many feel, “I can break the laws I don’t like.” As Christians, we must keep all of God’s laws and man’s laws.

Our desires and ambitions should be under the control of the Lord. They should agree with His Word.

IV. PUNISHMENT OF TEMPTATIONv.

A. Sin—“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.” The tenth commandment says, “Thou shalt not covet.” Coveting is lust. Lust is, sin, and sin displeases God.

B. Separation—“And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” This death means separation from God (). Separated from God on earth and in eternity.

Pentz, C. M. (1975). Christian Life Outlines (pp. 12–13). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
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