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Message Notes & Small Group Questions – June 14, 2020

James: Faith in the Real World

Week 2 – Temptation

James 1:13-18

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

So when temptation comes, and it most certainly will come, James teaches us..

(James 1:13-18)

 

  1. Temptation is Always Present

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

(James 1:2)

 

Where does temptation come from?

 

  1. Temptation Comes From Our Hearts

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

(James 1:14)

 

  1. Temptation always follows a consistent process.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“In our members there is a slumbering inclination toward desire, which is both sudden and fierce.  With irresistible power, desire seizes mastery of the flesh.  All at once a secret, smoldering fire is kindled.  The flesh burns and is in flames.  It makes no difference whether it is a sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for revenge, our love of fame and power, or greed for money…

At this moment God is quite unreal to us. [Remember those words.] He loses all reality, and only desire for the creature is real.  The only reality is the devil.  Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God…”

Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

(James 1:15)

 

Desire-

a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.

 

  • Adam and Eve in Genesis 3

 

  • Kind David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11

 

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

(James 1:16-18)

 

  1. God Changes our Nature

 

    1. You can beat temptation by focusing on the good.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

(James 1:17)

    1. Living in the Truth

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.

(Psalms 119:11)

 

Bottom Line

 

The more Jesus you have in your heart, the less room there is for the things that lead to temptation and sin.

 

 

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James: Faith in the Real World Week 2 Temptation The Bridge Spanish Springs 6/14/20

 

  1. Read James 1: 13-18, James lays out a temptation flowchart Lust→Sin→ What are some ways Christians can deal with the first decision point of the chart, lust? What are some of the devices Satan uses to entice us down the chart? When we fail at the first step, what should we do when we sin?

 

 

  1. James says every good thing is from God. What are some good things God has done for you?

 

 

  1. Read 2 Samuel 11:2-5 What are some things we can learn from David’s sin with Bathsheba and resulting sins trying to cover his sin? Discuss how David could have used “Focus and Flee” that Darin discussed (When faced with temptation focus on God by reading the Bible, praying, just thinking about how good He is).

 

 

  1. Read Psalms 119:11 what are sins against God? The word used for “treasured” is also translated “stored up”, or “hidden”.   What is the difference between intellectually knowing the word and treasuring/storing/hiding it in your heart?

 

 

  1. How can we avoid becoming a “Weekend warrior who dabbles in the faith”?

 

 

  1. Read Genesis 3:6 and discuss the Lust→Sin→Death   pattern of the original sin.

 

 

  1. Continue to pray for the church, our country, and for all those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.