SUNDAY, 16TH OCTOBER 2016
MEMORY VERSE: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”– 1Corinthians 10:13
BIBLE PASSAGE: James 1:12-27
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
INTRODUCTION: Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted (Matthew 4:1 Hebrews 4:15). This is why the Lord taught us to include in our daily prayer the petition, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
- Sources of and reasons for temptations
- How do temptations arise?
SOURCES OF AND REASONS FOR TEMPTATIONS
God never tempts any man although He may give permission to the devil to do so when He is certain that the end result would be to His glory (James 1:13). In which case, He sets the boundaries (Job 1:1-12; 2:6). The actual sources of temptation are: (a) Satan (Matthew 4:1) (b) the flesh (James 1:14) (c) Evil association (Proverbs 1:10) (d) Christian friends (Matthew 16:22-23).
When can God allow temptations to come our way? The answer is simply:
- When He wants to test our faith (James 1:2-3).
- When He wants to test our obedience (Genesis 22:1-3).
God tests men to know the depth of their love and the sincerity of their testimonies that they would obey Him in all things at all times. It is easy to say that we love God and that He can do all things. It is only at the time of severe trials that we can discover if we mean what we say or not. However, in all these cases, God always provides a way for us to overcome (1Corinthians 10:13). Of course, there are temptations that we bring upon ourselves through the lust of the flesh (1John 2:15-17).
HOW DO TEMPTATIONS ARISE?
Temptations can come through many avenues. We shall list a few of them to know how to watch out. Temptations can come through:
- Poverty or prosperity (Proverbs 30:9).
- Discouragement (Psalm 42:11; 1Kings 19:4).
- Pride, the case of Nebuchadnezzar’s fall (Daniel 4:30).
- Pleasure, that led Demas astray (2Timothy 4:10).
- Desire for power, that brought a curse on Simon Magus (Acts 8:19).
- Material possession that ruined Achan (Joshua 7).
- Love of women that ruined Solomon and caused the anger of God against David (Nehemiah 13:26; 2Samuel 11:2-4).
- Love of money, that led to the destruction of Judas Iscariot (1Timothy 6:9; John 13:21-30).
To be tempted is not a sin. However, to yield to temptation is a sin.
- Identify the primary sources of temptation
- Mention five pointers to temptation
Blessed Week with The HOLY SPIRIT
- MONDAY: 1Corinthians 10:13 – Rely on God to overcome your temptations.
- TUESDAY: James 1:13 – Stop blaming God for your temptation.
- WEDNESDAY: James 1:3 – Lord, help me to overcome all temptations and trials.
- THURSDAY: Matthew 16:22 – Father, I refuse to be an instrument that will make others fall.
- FRIDAY: 1John 2:16 – Lord, please deliver from every spirit of lust and pride.
- SATURDAY: Psalm 42:11 – I rebuke every spirit of discouragement in my life.
- SUNDAY: Proverbs 1:10 – Father, please separate me from every evil association.