Yield Not To Temptation
TEXT: James 1:24; 12
A. GOOD OLD SONG WITH A PRACTICAL MESSAGE.
1. Temptation is all around us (1 Pet. 5:8).
2. We could all use a little help (1 Cor. 10:13).
3. That is what this song is all about.
B. BACKGROUND: WRITTEN BY HORATIO RICHMOND PALMER.
Born: April 26, 1834, Sherburne, New York.
Died: November 15, 1907, Yonkers, New York.
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C. LET’S LOOK AT THIS SONG VERSE BY VERSE.
I. FOR YIELDING IS SIN.
Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue, Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
A. WHAT IS TEMPTATION?
1. peirasmos: “a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation,
discipline or provocation); …” (Strong).
“the trial of man's fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy, etc.: 1 Peter 4:12.” (Thayer).
peirazo: “to test (objectively), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline:” (Strong).
2. A proof of your faith by trying to get you to sin.
B. WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF TEMPTATION? (James 1:13-15).
1. Internal – our desires. Satan uses our desire as a motivation to act.
a. Lust – epithumia, “desire, craving, longing: Luke 22:15 (Thayer)
“… craving either good (Phil 1:23) or evil (Rom 7:7) as here” (A. T. Robertson)
b. When does lust become evil – when it masters us (Rom. 6:12).
SATAN KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE!
2. External – He provides the means and an opportunity without regard to God’s law.
C. TEMPTATION DOESN’T IMPLY SIN OR AN “INNER MORAL CORRUPTION.”
YIELDING IS WHERE THE SIN IS (James 1:15; Rom. 6:12).
D. NOT YIELDING IS VICTORY, THE PROOF OF OUR FAITH (1 Pet. 1:6-7).
1. Enduring makes us stronger for the next time (James 1:2-4).
2. Exercise increases our strength (1 Tim. 4:7-8; Heb. 5:14).
E. MANFUL BEHAVIOR MEANS SUBDUING DARK PASSIONS
– SELF-CONTROL (1 Cor. 9:25-27; Rom. 6:12).
II. SHUN EVIL.
Shun evil companions, bad language disdain, God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true, Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
A. Rom. 12:9. SIN BEGINS WITH THE HEART. EVIL MUST BE ABHORED.
B. SOMETIMES THE HEART NEEDS HELP.
1. Satan knows our desire and appeals to it. Remember the external element.
2. We must avoid circumstance and activities where enticement lurks
(1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:11; Psa. 1:1-2).
3. The practice of what is right perfects righteous behavior (1 Tim. 4:7-8; Heb. 5:14).
4. An important factor in overcoming temptation (Eph. 6:14).
C. THE SONG GIVES SOME EXAMPLES.
III. GOD GIVETH A CROWN.
To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown; Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He Who is our Savior our strength will renew; Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.
A. A CROWN AWAITS THOSE WHO DON’T GIVE IN (James 1:12).
1. An incorruptable crown (1 Cor. 9:25).
2. A crown of glory (1 Pet. 5:4).
3. A crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8).
4. A crown of life (James 1:12).
5. “I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast,
that no one take thy crown.” (Rev. 3:11).
B. THROUGH FAITH WE SHALL CONQUER.
1. God provides an escape (1 Cor. 10:13).
2. Faith is our shield (Eph. 6:16).
3. Faith is a product of hearing his word (Rom. 10:17).
4. What was Jesus’ defense (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10).
5. Eph. 6:10. Strength drawn from the Gospel Armor is sufficient (Phi. 4:13).
REFRAIN: JESUS WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH.
Ask the Savior to help you, Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you, He will carry you through.
A. JESUS UNDERSTANDS OUR TEMPTATIONS (Heb. 2:18; 4:15). SYMPATHY.
B. HE HAS MADE THE WAY TO GOD FOR US (Heb. 10:19-20).
C. HE MAKES INTERCESSION (Heb. 7:25).
D. BUT WE MAY APPROACH GOD HIMSELF THROUGH HIS SACRIFICE (Heb. 4:17).
A. DON’T GIVE IN TO THE DARK SIDE.
B. YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION.
C. BUT IF ANY MAN SIN (1 John 2:1-2).