By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 19, 2017

  • I Corinthians 10:13 – God has given you power greater than the temptation!
  • Be prepared with the scriptures.
    • Psalms 119:9, 11, 101, 104, 133
  • Understand temptation.
    • James 1:13-15 – Don’t desire evil things – they are forbidden for good reason.
  • Be on guard and avoid danger.
    • I Peter 5:8
    • Proverbs 4:14-15
    • Proverbs 7:6-27 – an example of one who failed to avoid danger
  • Pray to avoid temptation.
    • Matthew 6:13
    • Matthew 26:41
  • Pray at the moment of temptation.
    • Jesus prayed in Gethsemane when His “soul was grieved to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-46)
      • Mark 14:35
    • Luke 21:36
  • Use the scriptures.
    • When Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus quoted scripture three times, saying, “it is written” (Matthew 4:1-11)
    • Jesus resisted temptation because He was resolved to fulfill the Scripture. Matthew 26:53-54
  • Flee from temptation.
    • I Corinthians 6:18
    • II Timothy 2:22
    • Genesis 39:1-12 – Joseph’s example
  • Final thoughts
    • Hebrews 4:15
    • Genesis 4:7 – God’s message to Cain about sin: “you must master it”

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