6 KEYS TO OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

TEXT:† James 1:12

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† OVERCOMING TEMPTATION SHOULD BE A MAJOR CONCERN.

B.††††† WE ARE AT WAR WITH THE DEVIL (Eph. 6:12).

I.††††† WE MUST RECOGNIZE TEMPTATION (Prov. 14:12).

A.††††† PAUL WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN SIN BUT FOR GODíS WORD (Rom. 7:7).

B.††††† GODíS WORD IDENTIFIES SIN.

††††††††† 1.†††††† A transgression of Godís law (1 John 3:4).

††††††††† 2.†††††† A neglect of righteous duty (Jas. 4:17).

††††††††† 3.†††††† All unrighteousness (1 John 5:17).

II.†††† ONE MUST RECOGNIZE TEMPTATIONíS SOURCE AND

††††††† CONSEQUENCE.

A.††††† SATAN, NOT GOD, IS THE ENEMY (Jas. 1:13-16;† 1 Pet. 5:8).

B.††††† KNOWING WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE FALL WILL HELP US OVERCOME

††††††††† 1.†††††† Separation from God (Isa. 59:1-2).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Spiritual death (Rom. 6:23;† Eph. 2:1, 12)

††††††††† 3.†††††† We need to preach on hell (Rev. 21:8;† Matt. 10:28;† Mark 9:43-48).

III.††† WE MUST RECOGNIZE WE DONíT HAVE TO SIN.

A.††††† WE MUST AVOID SPIRITUAL PRIDE (1 Cor. 10:12).

B.††††† GOD PROVIDES AN ESCAPE (1 Cor. 10:13;† 1 Pet. 1:5;† Jas. 4:7).

IV.†† WE MUST HIDE GODíS WORD IN OUR HEARTS (Psa. 119:9-11).

A.††††† HOW DID JESUS ANSWER THE DEVIL (Matt. 4:1-11).

B.††††† WE MUST FILL UP ON GODíS WORD (Col. 3:16;† Psa. 1:1-2).

V.††† WE MUST LEARN TO AVOID TEMPTATION.

A.††††† TEMPTATION WILL COME (1 Cor. 10:13).

B.††††† INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMPONENTS TO TEMPTATION (Jas. 1:13-14).

C.††††† HOW MAY WE OVERCOME TEMPTATION?

††††††††† 1.†††††† Work on the Lust( Rom. 12:9;† Phil. 4:8 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Avoid enticement( 1 Cor. 15:33;† Rom. 13:14;† 1 Cor. 6:18;† 2 Tim. 2:22).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Trust the Lord( Eph. 6:16 ).

††††††††† 4.†††††† James 4:7-8.† Resist by drawing nigh to God.

VI.†† PRAY (Matt. 6:13).

A.††††† PRAYER IS OFTEN THE KEY TO OVERCOMING (Heb. 4:15-16).

B.††††† TRUST IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT IN PRAYER (Jas. 1:5;† 1 John 5:14-15).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† OVERCOMING TEMTATION IS VITAL (James 1:12).

B.††††† WITH GODíS HELP, WE CAN DO IT.