Holy Light Church of Jesus Christ
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The Word

August 21, 2011 - Temptation Is A Gate




SCRIPTURES:

Matthew 6 : 9 – 15
Matthew 26 : 39 – 41
Romans 5 : 12
1 Corinthians 10 : 13
James 1 : 14 – 16
Luke 8 : 13
James 4 : 7
2 Peter 2 : 9
2 Peter 3 : 17 – 18
1 John 1 : 8
1 Timothy 2 : 14
Genesis 3 : 8 – 13



TEMPTATION – enticing, seducing, provoking, or persuading someone to do evil
RESIST – To act counter to; Withstand; To refrain from




5 “R’s” TO AVOID TEMPTATION:

1. RECOGNIZE your tendency toward sin.  
2.
RUN away from the temptation. Be like Joseph and RUN; don’t play with sin
3.
RESIST with the word of God. It is written, resist the devil and he will flee
4.
REPENT quickly when you fail. Give no place to the devil, so sin does not grow and give birth to death
5.
REFOCUS with praise. Praising the Lord takes your focus off yourself and puts it on ‘s God




KEY POINTS:

* You overcome temptation through constant prayer
* You set the tone of your life via what you say each day
* We need to conquer lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life
* We are tempted every day to do evil
* When sin is greater than you can fight, that’s when God steps in
* Once you allow temptation to walk through your gate/door it becomes a part of you
* Whatever you join yourself to is what you become
* You need to examine yourself to know what your lusts are so that you can conquer them
* If sin is not dealt with it does not go away, it grows
* God will tempt no man, he TESTS you
* Everyone believes that they are essentially good, but is your goodness good enough for God?
* You are a child of The Most High God
* Confess your faults
* Temptation comes in many forms, so always be on the lookout for it
* You cannot be tempted when you are praising or worshipping the Lord
* Be aware of satan’s devices of getting into your house and your life