28
Jan
2015

JAMES 1:14-15 TESTS AND TEMPTATION PART 3

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JAMES 1:14-15  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

 As we continue our lengthy discussion on the subject of temptation we will begin to see it all begins in the mind.  God allows us to be tested and tempted, but the temptation comes from the devil and he plays on the inward desires that we have for all kinds of pleasure.  God wants to see how much we really love him.  Are we satisfied in Him or do we go elsewhere to meet what we think are unfulfilled needs and wants?  It really is a battle for our mind, which is why we are bombarded everywhere we go by so much junk that we see, or told that we need.  It all began in the garden with Eve and the devil and it has been happening ever since.  The devil tells us that God is holding out on us and we believe him.  God only withholds from us that which is not good for us or we are not ready to handle.  He only has our best in mind.  The old show on TV had it right, Father Knows Best.  How about you, are you satisfied with all that God has given you, or do you want your way?

21
Jan
2015

James 1:13-14 Tests and Temptation Part 2

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James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

 In this section of scripture we are taking another deeper look at Temptation.  A temptation is a test that is reacted to in a wrong manner.  God Tests us, the devil tempts us.  God wants us to become better people, the devil wants us to become bitter people.  We are taking a several message long look at who is tempted, why we are tempted and how to handle it.  I hope you will listen to all of these because the Bible says we are all tempted, just as all are tested.  The question is how will you react and do you know how to overcome the struggle we all have in this area?  If you don’t, please stay with us for this whole series because God wants us all to know how to deal with this area or we will never become the Christians that God wants us to become.

15
Jan
2015

TESTS CAN BECOME TEMPTATIONS

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In this section of scripture we will see that God wants the poor man to be satisfied in Him and the rich man to realize that only in God is there real riches.  He will also tell us in verse 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; because Trials can quickly turn into Temptation if we don’t trust in God.  This message begins a series of several messages on Temptation, what is it, how does it happen, who is responsible when we are tempted, and most important of all, how to resist temptation.