Tempted: Resist – Part 2  James 1:14

 

How do I resist temptation?

Yesterday, our focus was on ‘how’ each one of us is tempted.

Today, let’s scope out ‘how‘ we resist temptation.

Open GODcha to the Book of James.

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Let’s Begin With Prayer

Lord, we come today earnestly seeking You, to be taught, to learn, to be convicted and encouraged. Open our eyes and ears, and grant us the understanding we need. May we put into practice what You teach us. Thank you.

 

LOOK at What God Says

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Where should we start?

READ the Word

Let’s read James 1:13-16 asking the 5W’s and H.

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Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday.

We LOOKED at Jesus seeing:

There are 3 areas of lust that tempt us.

Satan is allowed to tempt, targeting the mind.

Jesus resisted with the Word of God.

 

Let’s see ‘how’ we resist temptations.

God Uses Truth to Explain Truth

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Because Temptations Begin in the Mind

let’s explore these 2 Cross References (CR) that are not in GODcha, but are important for our understanding. 

1. Paul tells us in 2Co 10:5

to destroy every thought that comes against the knowledge of God by taking them captive to the obedience of Jesus.

We see: Temptations begin with thoughts that come against the knowledge of God, and we must hold them captive.

Understand: Just ask Jesus to take the thought away, ask Him to hold it captive, to not allow it to come to your mind any more, and He will.

Holding your thoughts captive will become like 2nd nature to you – like weeding a garden.

But if you don’t take care of it when it pops into your head – it’s like those weeds – it will take over.

 

2. Now examine Rom 12:2

where Paul tells us we are not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

We see: We are transformed by renewing our minds.

Understand: We renew, reprogram, our minds with the Word of God!

Again see: how important it is to saturate ourselves in the Word of God.

 

Now we know we are tempted by our own lusts, and God allows Satan to tempt us,

let’s unfold another Cross Reference, Ephesians 6:10-18, to see ‘how’ we resist temptations.

1. What does Paul tell us to do to stand against Satan’s attacks?

He tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might 

 

2. How do we do this?

By:

Putting on the full armor of God

Taking up the full armor of God

 

3. Why is this necessary?

So we will be able to:

stand firm against the schemes of the devil

resist in the evil day

stand firm(Eph 6:10-18)

We see: we must put on the armor of God to resist and stand firm against Satan who tempts us.

 

Let’s Stop a Minute!

Are we just going to just read this?

Or, are we going to understand what Paul just said?

How do we make this practical in our lives?

 

I Want to Help You Understand!

What does it mean to put on the armor of God in order to stand firm?

THINK as we go through putting on each piece of armor.

We Stand Firm By:

a. Girding with Truth

The devil is a liar(Joh 8:44)

LISTEN. . .

What lies am I being tempted with and/or believing?

Have I lied in my temptations?

Jesus is:

the Way to God;

the Truth about God;

the source and way to Life, and thus how to live. (Joh 14:6)

To Stand Firm:

Embrace Jesus. Embrace Truth. Know Truth. Walk in Truth.

Hold to Truththe Word, by letting it hold you, direct you, and lead you.

LISTEN. . .

Am I embracing Jesus?

Am I saturating myself in the Word to hold to Truth?

Do I turn to the Word to lead and direct me, to make the right choices and decisions in my life? 

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

b. Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness

We receive the gift of righteousness when we believe the gospel. (Rom 5:17)

To Stand Firm: 

LISTEN. . .

Have I believed and received the gift of righteousness?

Am I practicing righteousness in my temptations, or am I being unrighteous in my temptations?

Will I confess my sins, and be cleansed of any unrighteousness?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

c. Putting on the Gospel of Peace

We have peace with God (reconciled); (Rom 5:1)  

We are to be at peace with one another; and (Jam 4:1-7)

We are ambassadors of peace(2Co 5:18-21)

To Stand Firm:

LISTEN. . .

Am I at peace with God and others?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

d. Taking up the Shield of Faith

By faith we are saved, and we live by faith. (Eph 2:8)

We must trust in the promises and power of God,

using specific Truths from the Word of God to quench the fiery darts of the enemy.

To Stand Firm:

LISTEN. . .

Do I have faith?  Am I saved? Am I living by faith?

Am I trusting in God’s Word, and using it to quench the fiery darts of Satan?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

e. Taking the Helmet of Salvation 

When we believe the gospel we are saved and given the mind of Christ. (1Co 2:16)

We must let Christ renew and control our minds with the Word of Truth. (Rom 12:2)

The only way to replace the world’s ideas and thinking is to replace it with God’s Truth!

To Stand Firm:

LISTEN. . .

Am I letting the Word soak into my brain to renew, reprogram, my mind?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

f. Taking the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Heb 4:12)

To Stand Firm:

LISTEN. . .

What am I doing to saturate myself in the Word of God, in order to take up the Sword of the Spirit?

Am I reading, meditating, memorizing, and studying the Word of God?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

g. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spiritbe on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (Eph 6:10-18)

Check out Mat 6:9-13 where Jesus taught us how to pray!

What are we to specifically pray according to Mar 14:38?

To Stand Firm:

LISTEN. . .

Am I praying? How am I praying for myself and others?

Do I pray not to be lead into temptation?

Now do you understand what all is involved in putting on our armor?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

What Have We LEARNED?

Let’s Sum It Up

We LEARN:

God does allow each one of us to be tempted by Satan, the devil.

When we are tempted, we need to:

Battle standing firm in the Lord and the strength of His might, putting on our armor which is the Word of God.

Know the Word of God.

Resist with the Word.

Pray.

 

That’s It For Today!

Mull over all you are learning about being tempted and ‘how’ to resist temptations!

We Need to Understand:

That the way we respond to temptations, and

where we put the blame

is another ‘test’ that proves our faith.

 

Record In Your Notes

Take a minute to put what you have LEARNED in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:13-14.

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A suggestion: I copied these Truths about the armor and pasted them in my Notes, in Ephesians Chapter 6, and also jotted them there in my hardbound Bible.

This will make it easier to find in order to review and/or share with others.

 

Turn What We Have LEARNED into Prayer

Perhaps…

OH FATHER, how grateful we are for Your Holy Word and Your Spirit who is leading and guiding us into all Truth. Practical Truth for our daily living.  Oh Father, we praise You Who are holy and pure!  Oh, help us to get into our heads and hearts that each one of us is tempted when enticed by our own lusts. Whether You allow Satan to do the tempting or not, we who are ‘in Christ‘ have the ability to say NO to temptation.

Once again I ask You to forgive us for blaming You and/or others and not taking responsibility for giving in to our lusts. Forgive us for our ignorance and giving Satan so much credit.  Help us to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy by putting on our armor daily. And help us to grow in our knowledge of Your Word, which we need in order to resist as Jesus did. In the name of Your Son we pray and ask these things!  Amen. 

 

Stay tuned, this all will become very practical in the next few days.     

Next: we will focus on what happens if we don’t resist the temptation.

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About the Author:

Janette has started Bible studies everywhere God has moved her—most filling up to over a 100 men, women, young adults and kids. She continues to make disciples and raise up leaders, training and teaching the Word of God.

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