[There are two agents always at work in the trials and
temptations we face in our daily lives,]
[Our adversary the devil uses temptations as a solicitation to evil and is
always trying to cause us to fall.
He wants to destroy us.]
[Our Heavenly Father uses trials (temptations) to mold us, strengthen us,
and mature us; His desire is always that we should stand and experience
victory from our trials.]
[Our text today seeks to bring us into a greater understanding
of temptation and sin in a Christian’s life.]
In Our Text We
The Definite Possibility (vs 13; Matt
4.1-11; James 4.4; Matt 6.24; Luke
16.13; 1 Cor 10.12) [-
Let no man say
when he is tempted,
. . . – Temptations and trials are
inevitable in our lives. Born Again
Christians should never be surprised when trials and tribulation come into their
lives. Yet, invariably, we often
are. Perhaps it’s not so much the fact of our temptations that surprise us as it
is the severity or type of our trials.
The fact remains that we must expect to be tempted.
We should expect temptations and
[Jesus was tempted and you will be too! (cf. Matt
[When you become a friend of God you become the enemy of
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of
the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world
is the enemy of God. ]
[Matthew 6:24 24 No man can
serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else
he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.]
[Luke 16:13 13 No servant
can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and
[If the devil is after you it's a sign that you are
going against him - it's a sign of life.]
- "A new Christian went hunting with his boss.
The man had been telling his boss, since he got saved, that he was being
tempted by the devil. While they
were hunting the man's boss said, "Sam, your a strange creature.
You claim to be a Christian yet you are always struggling with
temptation. I don't claim to be a
Christian and the devil has yet to tempt me."
Sam replied, "Boss, if we both shoot a duck and one falls dead, and the
other is still flopping, which one are we going to go after first?"
The boss said, "That's easy, the one that’s flopping."
Sam replied, "That's right, the devil knows you is a dead duck."]
[The proud man tempts
the devil to tempt him (1 Cor 10.12).]
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he
take heed lest he fall.
A Divine Impossibility (vs 13; Genesis
3.12-13; Num 32.23) [- Let no man say
when he is tempted,
I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
[Man by nature
wants to blame his Sin on someone else.]
[Adam blamed his sin on the woman God gave him.]
12 And the man said,
The woman whom thou
gavest to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. ]
[Eve blamed the serpent (Gen 3.13).]
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman,
What is this
that thou hast done? And the
woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.]
[The serpent didn't have a leg to set on.]
– Responsibility is the deficiency of humanity.
The lack of responsibility leads to the moral decline of any culture.
It is the greatest problem in America today.]
is not about choice it is about responsibility.
People do not want to take responsibility for their immoral choices or
bad choices. You had a choice to be
a part of conceiving a child before there was a child.
Abortion is mere the result of a desire to not be responsible for one’s
is largely about Responsibility – People who do not want to work do not want
to be held responsible for their failure to work.]
10 For even when we were with you, this
we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. ]
[People need to take responsibility for their choices
and actions and the truth is, one day you will take responsibility for your sin.
32:23 . . . behold, ye have
sinned against the LORD:
and be sure your sin will find you out. ]
[The good news is, that if you will take
responsibility for your sin now, and repent for your sins you can be renewed
through Christ. Forgiveness and
restoration are available through Christ.]
[But you cannot blame God for your sin or even your
temptation to sin. God tries you to
build you, your adversary, the devil, tempts you to destroy you.]
absolutely impossible that God could be tempted with sin.
God is holy.]
[Jesus was tempted, and Jesus was God, but Jesus was
also man. In His humanity Jesus was
tempted. In His divinity He was
[God cannot tempt with evil.
It is never your Heavenly Fathers intension that you should fall into
[We still want
to blame God today. We say:]
[The culture I was raised in did it to me.]
[My mother, that wouldn't let me push the mush off my high
chair, did it to me.]
[Man is not evil, he's just ill.
Man is not sinful he's just sick.
It's not really his fault.]
["God will never accept
an alibi for sin."]
A Direct Responsibility For Sin (vs 14) [-
But every man is tempted, when he is
of his own lust,
and enticed. - Sin is an inside job.
It is something that happens primarily within.]
- This is illustrated by using the picture of an immoral woman seducing a
man, or an immoral man seducing a woman.
If one can seduce another it is a sign that they are both immoral.]
[There is a kind of seduction to all kinds of sin.]
Off The Edge - Four steps to sin:
[Satan's unchanging method (David Jeremiah)]
[The anatomy of a sin - Look for the hook (Adrian
[Without a doubt there are notable steps that lead to sin.
Christians set themselves up for presumptuous repetitive sin when they
fail to recognize the difference between the temptation to sin and the
conception of sin. It is inevitable that you will fall into trials and the
temptation. But just because you
are tempted to sin does not mean you have already fallen to sin.]
[Some have taken the words of our Lord, when he said,
. . . whosoever looketh on a woman to
lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matt
5.28) to an extreme and they have people believing that if you just think a bad
thought, that you have already sinned.
This is not the case at all.
The initial thought is the temptation to sin, what you do with that thought will
determine if it conceives and becomes a sin of not.]
[In verses 14-15 James gives us those steps that will lead us
into sin. Understanding these steps
will help you to recognize them when they begin and to gain the victory over
them. As in anything in life, the
sooner you recognize a temptation and resist it the easier it is to gain the
victory over it.]
The Courtship to sin (vs 14) [-
But every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away
of his own lust, and enticed. ]
[To be drawn
away is a fisherman's term that refers to a man that catches a fish by using
[The fisherman is trying to out think the bass when he chooses
his lure. Then he casts it out and
twitches it a couple of times.
Until the bass can't stand it any longer and gobbles it up.
Hook and all.]
[Sin is like a courtship.
A woman goes out to catch a man, like a fisherman goes after the bass.
That's why they call them hookers.]
used to say, Forget the bait, look for the hook.]
[The devil knows which bait to use with you.
He tried three different kinds of
bait with Jesus (bread, pride, materialism), but Jesus refused to take the
bait. Hence, if one bait doesn’t
work, our adversary will use another one.
Temptations come in many different forms and lures.]
[Lust - epithumia (gk)
- A desire for that
which is forbidden. Root,
epithumew (clgk) upon
the heart. Therefore, a lust
is an inordinate desire, a desire out of control.]
The Consent to sin (vs 14) [-
But every man is tempted, when he is
drawn away of his own lust,
[Enticed means trapped.]
[When the bait
is dangled there is no sin. It
is not a sin for you for Satan to cast a lure out in front of you.]
["While you can't keep the birds from
flying over your head,
you can keep
them from making a nest in your hair."]
[There comes a time when you consent to that temptation,
and when you do the hook is set.]
[When you say "I will" the temptation conceives and sin
is the result. When the will says
"I do" to the lust, an unholy marriage takes place.]
"First there is courtship to sin,
then there is the consent to sin, then the hook is set and the fight is on."
The Conception (vs 15;
Heb 11.25; Job 20.5)
Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth
forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. ]
[The child of the unholy marriage of the will and the
lust is sin.]
[At first it doesn't seem bad at all.
When a baby is born that's a pretty happy time for most of us.
Most people are pretty proud of their sin.]
[Sin is pleasant for a season.
Sin doesn't seem bad at first.
The Bible speaks of the pleasures of sin,]
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a
[Job 20:5 5 That the
triumphing of the wicked
is short, and the
joy of the hypocrite but for a
[The pleasures of sin are only for a season.]
["A man was walking along and
dropping beans as he went.
Behind him were a number of swine,
eating beans and following as they
A man said, 'Sir, that's a strange
way to feed your swine.'
The man replied, 'I'm not feeding
this is how I take them to the
The Completion (vs 15) [-
Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.]
[Christians go easy on themselves when they stumble and
say, "Don't go to hard on me, the Lord's not done with me yet."
Well, to the lost we say, "Don't go to easy on yourselves, the devil's
not done with you yet."]
[People often don't look far enough ahead to see the
devils finished product. The
child of lust is sin, and the child of sin is death. The devils LSD -
Lust, Sin, Death.]
["You can eat the devils corn if you
want to, but he'll choke you on the cob."]
look at a thing for what it is, look at it for where it is headed."]
[The answer to it all is Jesus Christ.
A person that is hooked by temptation is looking for something to
satisfy, and the only thing that can satisfy us in this life is a relationship
with Jesus Christ. Because that is
the way God made us!]
[Come back next week and we will discover what to
do when temptations and trials come your way.]
Sunday Evening, November 9,2008