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We were created in the image of God, then we were introduced to temptation.
PERIASMOS (Greek)- rebellion against God by which His power and justice are challenged.
5 Principles of Tempation
#1 – Temptation is not sinful or anything for which to be ashamed.
#2 – Everyone experiences temptation.
#3 – No one gets beyond temptation this side of heaven.
#4 – Temptation usually comes in moments of weakness, areas of strength, or times of spiritual indifference.
#5 – Temptation becomes sin when we yield to it, so we need to learn to overcome temptation.
How Temptation Works
Satan is crafty and deceptive, not straightforward.
– APPLICATION: When we believe sin will get us where we want to be right now, we are being tempted.
Satan challenges the authority of God’s word.
– APPLICATION: When we don’t believe we need to obey God’s word unless we understand His reason behind it, we are being tempted.
Satan attacks the character of God.
– APPLICATION: When we focus on the situation we are in, instead of God who is in the situation with us, we are being tempted.
Satan twists God’s word.
– APPLICATION: When we focus on what God says we can’t do, instead of the freedom of what He gives us to do, we are being tempted.
Satan promises pleasure but doesn’t mention the pain.
– APPLICATION: When we believe we can have it all without any of the consequences, we are being tempted.
When we want to focus on things instead of God, follow our desires instead of God’s instruction, or make more of ourselves than God, WE ARE BEING TEMPTED.