Temptation & Sin
As free moral agents, we all face temptation to sin. We have all been tempted and have been guilty of sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). We will be eternally lost in Hell if we continue in sin and do not repent. "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are the oneís slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or obedience leading to righteousness?" (Romans 6:16). If we are not careful we can "be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13). But "Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life" (James 1:12). We must not give into sin.
Satan is referred to as the tempter, the one who does the tempting (Matthew 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 3:5). But God does not tempt anyone. "Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death" (James 1:13-15). Spiritual death occurs when one is eternally lost in Hell, which is separation from God.
God will not allow us to be tempted with more than we can bear. "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). But "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the Day of Judgment" (2 Peter 2:9).
But how do we protect ourselves from temptation? Jesus tells us to "Watch and pray, lest you enter temptation" (Matthew 26:41). We are to "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him steadfast in the truth" (1 Peter 5:8-9). But how do we keep from sinning when we are tempted? We are to "Lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us" (Hebrews 12:1). We must "Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good" (Romans 12:9). We are not to be "conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). How do we renew our mind to protect ourselves from sin? "Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (Psalms 119:11). And then we must "Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" (James 1:22), because "To him that knows to do good and does not do it to him it is sin" (James 4:17). The terror of the Lord awaits those who, because of sin, are unprepared to stand before the Lord in Judgment. Letís not be deceived by sin.
When others "in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:13), we must try to gently help restore them. "Brethern, if any man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).
What does sin do to us? ďBut your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hearĒ (Isaiah 59:2). Sin separates us from God. If we are separated from God we will be lost.
Sin is very deceitful, alluring, and ensnaring. If we are not careful, we can gradually give in to it and become comfortable in sin. We must be watchful and overcome temptation and live a faithful godly life so we can go to Heaven when this life is over. Hebrews 3:13 says that we are to "Exhort one another dailyÖlest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." With many people sin is first abhorred, then people tolerate it, then they become more comfortable with it, and then it is embraced. But why is sin so openly embraced by so many? It is because they have not been properly taught the word of God. People, who become so involved in sin, do not want to listen or receive Godís word. People, because of sin become "past feeling" (Ephesians 4:19), because they have "their conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Timothy 4:2). As the morality level of this nation declines, the church is also affected and has become more comfortable with sin. As Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:13, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse." Satan wants us to become complacent with sin so he can help us to be lost with him in the burning fires of a real Hell.
There seems to be no shame today by the many who participate in sin. Jeremiah 6:15 says, "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush." The modern world is rapidly casting aside all moral restraints. They want to "call evil good and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20). As or Lord says in Matthew 13:15, "For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed." Sin first has its beginning with lust. "Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin when it is finished brings forth death" (James 1:15). This is spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God.
All of our actions first originate in our mind. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." We are what we think. Those who think on evil things become evil just as those in Noahís day. "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5). Those, who think evil, will do evil. "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be" (Romans 8:5-7). The sinful things that people say and do first originate in their mind. "For those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man" (Matthew 15:18).
But how can our thinking be used for us to live a godly life so we can go to Heaven? By studying Godís word and making it part of our life we will "sanctify the Lord God in your hearts" (1 Peter 3:15). By doing this we will "seek first the
and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). For us to go to Heaven we must, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). kingdomof God
We must purify our hearts for, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). How do we purify our hearts so we can go to Heaven? "Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8). As we think on pure and holy things our lives will be righteous. We will "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2) as we study Godís word. Jesus says, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). If we do this we will obey all that God commands and one day be with Him in Heaven.
Questions Lesson #10
Temptation & Sin
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1) (Romans 3:23) How many accountable people have sinned?
2) (Romans 6:23) The payment of sin is spiritual death.
3) (Romans 6:16) Who are we slaves to?
To whom we obey.
Only to some people.
4) (James 1:13-15) God does not tempt us.
5) (Matthew 26:41) How do we protect ourselves from temptation?
Watch and pray.
There is no way to protect ourselves.
Give in to temptation.
6) (1 Corinthians 10:13) There is no way to keep from sinning when we are tempted.
7) (1 Peter 5:8-9) Why should we be vigilant?
We need to be vigilant some of the time.
We don't need to be vigilant.
Because our adversary the devil is seeking to devour us.
8) We are to resist Satan with the truth of God's word.
9) (James 1:22) One who hears God's word but doesn't do it
Can always do it later.
Doesn't need to do God's word.
10) (Psalms 119:11) We should hide God's word in our heart to keep from sinning.
11) (Galatians 6:1) What should we do if another Christian is overtaken in sin?
Try to restore the one in a spirit of meekness.
12) (James 4:17) It is alright to know to do good and not do it.
13) (Isaiah 59:2) What separates one from God?
God is in Heaven and we are on the earth.
One's unforgiven sins and iniquities.
14) (Ephesians 5:19) Because of sin, people can become past feeling.
15) (Matthew 6:33) What should we seek first in this life?
The fullest enjoyment of this life here on the earth.
To make a lot of money.
To go to Heaven.
16) (Matthew 15:18) The sinful things people do originate in the mind.
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