"...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

Copyright © 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

I.     Who or what is the source of temptation?

        A     God does not tempt man.  

                          James 1:13

        B.     Satan is called "the tempter."  

                          Mat 4:1, 3; Mk 1:13; 1 Corin 7:5; 1 Chron 21:1; 1 Thes 3:5

        C.    Temptation comes from our own lusts. 

                           James 2:14, 15; 1 John 2:16

II.    God has put certain restrictions upon Satan's efforts.

        A.     God never allows us to be tempted beyond our ability to endure & triumph victoriously. 

                         1 Corin 10:13

        B.     Satan is limited in his power in that he must request permission of God to come against us. 

                         Job 1:12

III.     Why does God allow temptation?

        A.     The primary purpose of temptation, if overcome, is to "perfect" us, or to make us complete.

                         Job 23:10; Jas 1:1-4

        B.     We have the choice of what to do with each temptation: either to overcome it by God's grace; or, to yield to it in sin.

                1.     The reward for victory over temptation will be the crown of life.  

                                  Jas 1:12; Revel 3:11

                2.      The result of defeat under temptation is death.   

                                   Ezek 18:4; Jas 1:15

IV.   How can temptation be overcome?

        A.     By faith.   

                           1 Pet 5:9; 1 Jn 5:4

        B.     By the Word of God.  

                            Mat 4; Luke 4 ("...it is written...")

        C.     By prayer.   

                            Mat 6:13; Lu 22:40, 46

V.    In fighting temptation, it is important that the child of God recognize exactly what he is up against. "We are not ignorant of [Satan's] devices."    2 Corin 2:11

        A.   We do not fight "against flesh & blood" (things in the natural realm), "but against...spiritual wickedness..."   

                       Eph 6:12; 2 Corin10:3-5

        B.    Satan deals most successfully in the realm of deception.   

                       Gen 3:1; Mat 4:3; 2 Corin 11:3

        C.    Satan operates in the soulish realm, too--that of the mind, will and emotions--for our thoughts have yet to be put under subjection to Christ.  

                        2 Corin 11:3

VI.    Much can be learned from the account of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness.

        A.   Jesus was tempted on all three levels: 1. the lust of the flesh; 2. the lust of the eyes; and 3. the pride of life. (Mat 4; Lu 4) This was the same means by which Satan tempted Eve (Gen 3:6), and it is the same way he tries to make us fall today (1 Jn 2:15-17).

        B.   This is what God means when He says that Jesus was "in all points tempted like as we are." 

                         Heb 4:15

        C.   However, Jesus never yielded to temptation. He never sinned. 

                         Jn 8:29; 14:30; 2 Corin 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26; 10:7 1 Pet 2:22; 1:19; 1 Jn 3:5

        D.   Therefore, Jesus Christ is qualified to be an understanding Mediator (go-between) for man.

                         Heb 2:17, 18

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