Yield not to Temptation
Sunday, March 13 2011 @ 06:00 AM CDT
Contributed by: Harold
Radio transcript for the week of March 13, 2011
Harold Bigham preaches on "Yield Not to Temptation" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.
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"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" (1 Corinthians 10:13). â??Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weakâ? (Matthew 26:41).
Temptation is one of the most common experiences of our lives. Temptation can come to us when we have great achievements of life. Temptations can come at our weakest hour after facing a disappointment or failure in our life. Temptation can come when we have to make very important decisions in life. Temptations can come when we are with our friends, relatives or in a large crowd of people. Temptation can also come when we are by ourselves and alone. So how do we deal with the temptations of life? Today I would like to study with you concerning temptations.
The root word for temptation carries the meaning of â??testâ? or â??tryâ? or â??tempt.â? Therefore, temptation is anything that tests, or tries, or encourages man to sin. Temptation begins with some person, or thing in the world around us which we are enticed by. Satan uses three ways to tempt us. (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life). 1 John 2:15-17 states, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
James describes how temptation plays its part to cause us to sin. Sin is accomplished when we are drawn away by our own lusts. James 1:13-15 states, "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: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." Again Paul stressed, "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" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Temptation itself is not a sin. Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are yet He did not sin."For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Sin happens when we yield to the temptation.
Biblical Illustrations of Temptation
- Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) - This illustration teaches us that we must be aware that even the addition of one word to God's commandments will cause us to sin. We must not yield to the temptation to add or take away from God's Word. The first husband and wife of the Bible yielded to temptation. Adam and Eveâ??s failed to withstand the temptation and as a result sinned.
- Joseph (Genesis 39) - This illustration teaches us that temptations can come daily and we must fight them daily. Joseph fought the advances of Potiphar's wife on a daily basis. She daily tempted Joseph to commit adultery with her. He resisted her daily advances.
- Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) - This illustration teaches us that we can defeat the temptations of Satan by knowing and applying correctly God's Word. Satan even knew Scripture but he misapplied Scripture. Jesus used Scripture to combat Satan. The devil tempted Jesus three times. Christâ??s strength to withstand the temptations allowed Him to provide eternal salvation for us.
- Peter (Matthew 26: 69-74) - This illustration teaches us to not be overconfident but to be humble. Peter told Jesus that he would never deny Him. Paul wrote, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). Peter could have resisted the temptation to deny the Lord but his denial intensified each time. He finally began to curse and swear in his denial of the Lord. He then remembered what the Lord had say previously after denying the Lord and he wept bitterly. "And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly" (Matthew 26:75).
- Flee. â??But thou, O man of God, flee these thingsâ? (I Tim. 6:11). Do not allow yourself to be in a situation which will constantly tempt you. The example of Joseph should encourage us. "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." (1 Corinthians 10:13).
- Study God's Word. Be filled with Scripture to fight temptations. Jesus our Saviour fought the temptations of Satan with Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). Study to know what the Bible teaches about specific temptations that you might be dealing with even today.
- Pray. â??For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are temptedâ? (Heb. 2:18). â??For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of needâ? (Heb. 4:15-16). The faithful christian can pray to God for strength to overcome temptations. â??Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weakâ? (Matt. 26:41).
Understanding the Benefits of Temptation
- Growth and strength. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:2-3); "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1 :6,7).
- Heaven awaits the faithful christian who has endured temptation. "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" (James 1:12).
God's plan reveals that after hearing the gospel taught, that we are to have faith (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:15-16). This faith leads us to repent of our sins and to confess the good name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Luke 13:3,5; Romans 10:9-10). As we learned today, the final step of God's plan of salvation is scriptural baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism puts one into Christ and into His church (Acts 2:42-47). Paul wrote, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."(Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus' blood is that which will wash away our sins. It is by contacting His blood that we have the grace of God and our sins are forgiven. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). We contact His blood through scriptural baptism for the remission of our sins.
Thank you for studying with us today about temptation. May God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.