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Title: Our Best Defense against Temptation


1
Our Best Defense against Temptation
2
"What do you do when you are tempted?"
  • Sometimes we forget that we have a choice!
  • We must prepare ahead of time how we will respond
    to temptation.

3
James 114-15 (NASB)
  • 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried
    away and enticed by his own lust.
    15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives
    birth to sin and when sin is accomplished, it
    brings forth death.

4
Ephesians 515-17 (NASB)
  • 15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as
    unwise men, but as wise, 16 making the most of
    your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then
    do not be foolish, but understand what the will
    of the Lord is.

5
The Temptations of Christ.
  • Jesus resisted the devil (Mat. 41-11).
  • Compare 1 John 216 (KJV) 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.

6
  • Jesus resisted the lust of the flesh.
  • Mat. 41 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit
    into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2
    And after He had fasted forty days and forty
    nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter
    came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God,
    command that these stones become bread." 4 But He
    answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not
    live on bread alone, but on every word that
    proceeds out of the mouth of God.'

7
  • Jesus resisted selfish pride.
  • Mat. 45 Then the devil took Him into the holy
    city and he had Him stand on the pinnacle of the
    temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of
    God throw Yourself down for it is written, 'He
    will give His angels charge concerning You' and
    'On their hands they will bear You up, Lest You
    strike Your foot against a stone.'" 7 Jesus said
    to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'You
    shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

8
  • Jesus resisted the lust of the eyes.
  • Mat. 48 Again, the devil took Him to a very
    high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of
    the world, and their glory 9 and he said to Him,
    "All these things will I give You, if You fall
    down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him,
    "Begone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall
    worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"
    11 Then the devil left Him and behold, angels
    came and began to minister to Him.

9
Jesus is our example on how to handle temptation!
  • Hebrews 415 (NASB) For
    we do not have a high priest who cannot
    sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has
    been tempted in all things as we are, yet without
    sin. cf. 1 Peter 221-23

10
Disciples of Christ are also tempted by the
Tempter.
  • Just as the Tempter tempted Jesus, we too are
    attacked by the devil.

11
1 Peter 58 (NASB)
  • Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your
    adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring
    lion, seeking someone to devour.

12
  • Just as it seems we have gotten rid of a
    particular sin in our life, the Tempter comes
    knocking at our door with other kinds of
    temptations (cf. Mat. 1243-45).

13
  • Things not sinful in and of themselves can lead
    to temptations to sin (e.g., 1
    Tim. 69-10).

14
1 Timothy 69-10 (NASB)
  • 9 But those who want to get rich fall into
    temptation and a snare and many foolish and
    harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and
    destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root
    of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it
    have wandered away from the faith, and pierced
    themselves with many a pang.

15
  • Satan will try to tempt us to sin in any and
    every circumstance of life.

16
Matthew 1622-23 (NASB)
  • 22 And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke
    Him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This shall
    never happen to You. But He turned and said to
    Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling
    block to Me for you are not setting your mind on
    God's interests, but man's."

17
Disciples of Christ are also tempted by the
Tempter.
  • Just as the Tempter tempted Jesus, we too are
    attacked by the devil.
  • As he did with Jesus,
    the Tempter preys upon us when we are weak.

18
Matthew 2640-41 (NASB)
  • 40 And He came to the disciples and found them
    sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could
    not keep watch with Me for one hour?
    41 "Keep watching and
    praying, that you may not enter into temptation
    the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

19
The Word of God is Our Best Defense.
  • Prayer is very important to fighting off
    temptation.

20
Matthew 613 (NASB)
  • 'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver
    us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the
    power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
    cf. Mat. 2641
    2 Cor. 127-10

21
1 Corinthians 1013 (NASB)
  • No temptation has overtaken you but such as is
    common to man and God is faithful, who will not
    allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
    but with the temptation will provide the way of
    escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

22
The Word of God is Our Best Defense.
  • Prayer is very important to fighting off
    temptation.
  • Yet, to overcome temptation, we must be able to
    recall Scripture.

23
  • Jesus countered every temptation by quoting
    Scripture It is
    written (Mat 44
    / Deut. 83 Mat. 47 / Deut. 616 Mat. 410 /
    Deut. 613).

24
Prepare for battle with the word of God.
  • Ephesians 613 (NASB) Therefore, take up the
    full armor of God, that you may be able to resist
    in the evil day, and having done everything, to
    stand firm

25
Ephesians 614-17 (NASB)
  • 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your
    loins with truth, and having put on the
    breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod
    your feet with the preparation of the gospel of
    peace 16 in addition to all, taking up the
    shield of faith with which you will be able to
    extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil
    one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the
    sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    cf. 1 Tim 612

26
  • By storing Gods word
    in our hearts,
    we keep ourselves from sinning.

27
Psalms 3731 (NASB)
  • The law of his God is in his heart His steps do
    not slip.

28
Psalms 11911 (NASB)
  • Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I
    may not sin against Thee.

29
  • When temptation arises, we
    are ready to counter it with God's word.

30
Proverbs 71-5 (NASB)
  • 1 My son, keep my words, and treasure my
    commandments within you. 2 Keep my commandments
    and live, and my teaching as the apple of your
    eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers Write them on
    the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, "You
    are my sister, and call understanding your
    intimate friend 5 That they may keep you
    from an adulteress, from the foreigner who
    flatters with her words.

31
  • We need to saturate our hearts and our minds on a
    continual basis with Gods word.

32
Psalm 12 (NASB)
  • But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and
    in His law he meditates day and night.

33
  • Psalm 11997 O how I love Thy law!
    It is my meditation all the day. 98 Thy
    commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for
    they are ever mine 101 I have
    restrained my feet from every evil way, that I
    may keep Thy word. 102 I have not turned aside
    from Thine ordinances, for Thou Thyself hast
    taught me. 103 How sweet are Thy words to my
    taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104
    From Thy precepts I get understanding Therefore
    I hate every false way.

34
  • If you are discouraged and struggling to hold on,
    if you feel like a
    failure in your fight
    against sin, you need
    to get back to
    the word of God!

35
  • Just Like Our Lord Jesus, We Can
    Overcome the Temptations of Sin
    When We Yield the Powerful Gospel Against the
    Devil!

36
Treasure Gods word!
  • Examples Memorization
    Meditation
    Daily readings
    Personal Bible studies
    Bible classes
    Sermons Gospel
    meetings
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