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BEATING DOWN

TEMPTATION KNOWING THE ENEMY’S TACTICS

PRESENTED BY : LUZ Y VIDA JOVENES DIRECTIVA


WHAT IS

TEMPTATION ?


TEMPTATION IS ... 1.

Temptation is anything that promises satisfaction at the cost of obedience to God. A force or influence that draws the mind and heart of man from obedience to God, any means able to distract him from his communion or obedience to God. (John Owen)


TEMPTATION IS ... 2. Temptation is a knock on our door by worldly desires, seeking opportunity to infiltrate and take control of our hearts, all while creating disorder in our relationships with Christ.


TEMPTATION IS ... 3. Temptation is when you are attracted to something that isn't necessarily good for you, in this case- isn't good for your soul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDa90kth48w


WHY DOES IT FEEL SO

GOOD?


IT FEELS SO GOOD BECAUSE ... The spiritual progression in the human heart goes from desire to temptation to sin to death. (James 1:14-15)

PROCESS/CYCLE: Thought, Imagination, Justification, Choice, Sin (brain shuts off, hit, thrill, excitement, let down, shame, guilt).


GUILT VS. SHAME Many Christians go through life with a weight of guilt and shame for temptations that feel like sins, but aren't themselves sinful. Jesus was tempted which lets us know that being tempted doesn't make us a bad person, in fact, Jesus himself was tempted. (Matthew 4:1-11)


EXAMPLE ... Lust; a man addicted to pornography is sinning. A man fantasizing about a woman's appearance is committing lust in his heart. But what about a man who notices a woman is attractive and then hesitates whether to look longer and think deeper about what he just saw? That's likely a temptation and not a sin.


TRUTHS ABOUT

TEMPTATION


1. GOD WILL NEVER TEMPT YOU James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;


2.

YOU ARE NEVER ABOVE TEMPTATION (SATAN ATTACKS YOU AT YOUR WEAKNESS & AT YOUR STRENGTHS!)

Given the right circumstances, the best among us is capable of the most unimaginable sins. — Richard Exley

DAVID

SAMSON

JUDAS

ADAM & EVE

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”


3. SIN IS DECEPTIVE in a variety of ways. Satan deceives us into thinking that what we are doing is not sin (1 Corinthians 10:12). Isn’t this precisely what took place in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3)? Also, Satan’s schemes are so deceptive that once we are involved in sin, we begin to believe there is no way out, but this is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that the temptations we face are common to everyone (1 Corinthians 10:13), and because Jesus understands our temptations (Hebrews 4:14-16), we can go to Him for help in our time of need, for God is faithful and provides a way of escape, so we can endure the temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).


4. SIN IS DIVISIVE in that it separates us from God (1 John 1:1) and from each other (1 Corinthians 10:17). The prodigal son in Luke 15 understood that when he sinned, he sinned against God first, then against his father. This is the very perspective we must have. When we choose to sin, we sin against God, disrupting our fellowship with him; we sin against those affected by our sin, hurting them; and we sin against the church, affecting our fellowship with one another.


5. SIN IS DESTRUCTIVE We see every day how sin destroys peoples lives. Even for believers, after we have experienced the wonderful forgiveness God offers, the consequences of sin still linger. David's life testifies to this fact.

(2 Samuel 11-24)


BUT… THERE IS HOPE!


6.

BEING CHRISTIAN DOES NOT MEAN THE ABSENCE OF TEMPTATION (IT MEANS DECLARING WAR ON THE TEMPTATION THAT IS PRESENT)

To be tempted is not a sin. To yield to temptation is sin.

Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same. Just because you are struggling with temptation does not mean you are caught up in sin.


7. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT


A THORN IN THE FLESH • Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 • Delight in your weakness for it is an opportunity for God to prove Himself in us, if you turn to Him in faith.


GROWING IN CHRISTLIKENESS • The final decision to sin lies on our shoulders. In spite of the Devil’s influence, God held Adam and Eve responsible for their own sins. The devil DID NOT make them do it!

• ABIDING in God when we attach ourselves to Him, we abide. Then we grow whatever He grows (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control).


THE PRUNING PROCESS: • With care & tough love you cut back twigs, dead branches, & extra leaves that take away energy from the good branches. It is needed so a tree can receive more sunlight and have more space to grow.

John 15 • In the same way, God desires to cut away from our lives the things that keep us from growing spiritually. The process is painful. If you don’t deal with the areas of your life where you are failing right now, if you don’t deal with the parts of your personalities that are not pleasing to God and lead you to sin, you will not produce good fruit, because your vine is not clean.


THE WAR IS NORMAL The war is normal. More than that, the war is essential. Battle is an indispensable mark of all who have declared open rebellion against sin and Satan. As J.C. Ryle writes, “We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world, he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us, should fill our minds with hope� (Holiness, 76).


A WAY OUT! Every temptation is an INVITATION to DEPEND on Christ! • Submit to God (mind, eyes, mouth, heart, hands, feet). • Resist the Devil (sin grows best in the dark!) • Live by the Spirit, Feed your Spirit, Starve your flesh!

(Romans 8:12-13)


RESIST •

Our emotions will want the happiness. They will feel demanding, but denying them wont kill you. In this case, gratifying them just might kill you. Don't allow your passions to be your dictators

(Romans 6:12).

• Remember, emotions are gauges, not guides. They are indicatives not imperatives. They are to be directed, not to be directors. • Temptations 'power lies solely in the false hope they produce in us. God created us to hope in him (Psalm 43:5).


RESPONSES TO TEMPTATIONS • • • • • •

Confess (admit any area of your life you are excluding God from) Repent (TURN AWAY- claim His forgiveness) Hold fast to the Word of God (Psalm 119:105) Pray + Fast Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23) + shield your eyes Glorify God by responding with faithfulness (daily dependence)


RESPONSES TO TEMPTATIONS We cannot do anything to make our sin disappear because it is our nature BUT Jesus can. Which is why we should not only run away from sin but we NEED to run towards Jesus as well. Temptation is an everyday battle so continuously running towards Jesus and seeking his heart is what will help us get through temptation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1cj0qlof


ABCD RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION BY: CHUCK SWINDOLL

ACKNOWLEDGE the impurity. For example: see the pornography industry for what it is—an abominable entity that preys on the vulnerable, distorts Gods healthy design for sex, and destroys innocence and beauty. Tell God your struggles . . . and tell another person, someone you trust who can help you. The first step to victory is an open admission of the battle.


ABCD RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION BY: CHUCK SWINDOLL

BREAK all connections. Stop the cycle! Unless connections are broken, the pattern of temptation, sin, and shame will keep repeating itself. Get rid of your Internet, WHATEVER it takes! Get a service that filters the content that comes to your devices.


ABCD RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION BY: CHUCK SWINDOLL

COMMUNICATE your need. Accountability is so helpful. Find someone of the same gender whom you trust to talk to about your problem, and help keep you clean. If you’ve never been truly honest with another person before, you’ll be amazed at how freeing it feels.


ABCD RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION BY: CHUCK SWINDOLL

DETERMINE to abstain. Don’t just think it. Say it out loud. Repeat it as often as necessary. For most users, pornography fills a deep emotional need. That’s the reason it’s so hard to let go. Identify that need, acknowledge it, and begin to meet it with something positive. Read the Bible with a yearning to know Jesus more intimately.


KEEP IN MIND THAT ‌ 1. It is necessary in the life of a Christian to do all that's necessary to get closer to the heart of Jesus because the closer you are- the more repulsive sin will become in your life and your everyday walk.


KEEP IN MIND THAT ‌ 2. Learning from our past and understanding the

nature of sin are helpful defensive strategies against temptation and sin; however, glorifying God in everything (1 Cor. 10:31) is the most important aspect of Christian living. When our life is consumed by a passion for Gods glory, we will delight in Him and nothing else will do.


KEEP IN MIND THAT ‌ 3. "God is love." (1 John 4:8) Among other things, this means God is quick to forgive people on account of Christ. He does not hold our sins against us when we trust in His Son to forgive us. And God gives us a bright future no matter how dark it has been in our past.


KEEP IN MIND THAT ‌ 4. The Christian life is not about a list of don'ts; its about a gift given to us in which we are to delight: Jesus Christ, the beloved Son. When we get to the point in our lives that Christ satisfies our every longing, then the things of this world will loosen their hold on us. This is what brings glory to God.


6. THE WAR IS WINNABLE No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


7. THE WAR WILL END “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1

Peter 5:10)

This war of fifty, sixty, or seventy years, as endless as it feels, is just “a little while” from the standpoint of eternity. Fight a little while, resist a little while, deny yourself a little while, and you will rejoice forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFz_lgkiK_A


NEED HELP ? • Need Prayer? • YouVersion Bible Studies https://www.bible.com/search/plans?q=temptations • Interested in having an Accountability Partner? • Want to develop a specific Prayer Battle Plan?

PLEASE Stay tuned for the 2nd part of this workshop!

Workshop #1: Beating Down Temptation  
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