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17064Re: Temptation

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  • vinman5959
    Jan 1, 2006
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      hey steve thanks for such a great post, it came at the right time.
      very incouraging.you've reminded me of the things i need to do to
      stay strong in the lord duing my time's of temptation.

      thank you

      --- In exgaydiscussionboard@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Parker"
      <sparker@c...> wrote:
      > Temptation
      > by Bob Gass
      > Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and
      > enticed.
      > James 1:14 NKJV
      > Before we give in to temptation we go through certain stages: (1)
      > neglecting prayer and Bible reading we become callous. Insensitive
      > to danger, we find ourselves drawn like a moth to the flame. (2)
      > begin to rationalize and conclude, "Nobody knows, what harm will
      > do?" (3) As our carnal appetites increase, our conscience erodes.
      > (4) We surround ourselves with others who do the same, or are
      > willing to look the other way.
      > "But I would never do such things," you say. Maybe, but what
      > would you do? And another question arises, "Have you reached your
      > hour of testing yet?" When Jesus told Peter he'd deny his Lord,
      > Peter replied, "No way!" Yet within hours he'd fallen flat on his
      > face. James says, "Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by
      > own [particular] desires and enticed." You have vulnerable areas,
      > which if not disciplined by commitment and character, have the
      > ability to destroy you.
      > "What can I do?" you ask. When Jehoshaphat came up against an
      > too big to handle alone, he prayed, "We have no power against this
      > great multitude... We do not know what to do, but our eyes are
      > You" ( 2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV). Jehoshaphat understood three
      > things: (a) He knew that in his own strength he was no match for
      > this enemy; (b) He was humble enough to acknowledge it and reach
      > help; (c) He knew where to turn - "our eyes are upon You." What's
      > the secret of victory? Lean on Jesus, not yourself!
      > Flee...youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness.
      > 2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV
      > In Genesis, when Eve looked at the tree in the middle of the
      > she "saw... its fruit was good [and]... she took some" Genesis 3:6
      > NCV. Look out! The tempter knows what will appeal to each of us.
      > knew that God had great plans for Eve so he decided to seduce her,
      > and in so doing, deal a deathblow to her descendants. Understand
      > this: the battle is always over your future. The issue is not just
      > you - it's about those God plans to bless through you!
      > Look at Samson: his character didn't match his strength and skill
      > the workplace. He fooled himself into thinking that he could live
      > he pleased and escape the consequences. His life is a gold mine of
      > valuable lessons, such as: (1) success in one area doesn't make
      > immune to failure in others; (2) temptation always returns to the
      > scene of its previous success; (3) flirting with temptation makes
      > defeat inevitable; (4) even though yielding to temptation may not
      > cut you off from God's grace, it can limit your usefulness to Him;
      > (5) where we consider ourselves strongest is where we're least
      > likely to prepare for attack.
      > Paul writes, "Flee youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness."
      > Remember Kenny Rogers' famous song, The Gambler? "You gotta know
      > when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away,
      > know when to run." That's what Joseph did. He decided that giving
      > to Potiphar's wife would be "a sin against God" Genesis 39:9, so
      > ran from the house. God isn't dishonored when you run - He's
      > dishonored when you don't!
      > Satan has asked for you.
      > Luke 22:31
      > Are you struggling with temptation? Here's a plan for victory.
      > (1) Decide that you don't have to give in. Jesus said, "I have
      > you... [physical and mental strength] over all the power that the
      > enemy [possesses]" Luke 10:19 AMP. Get rid of your "I can't"
      > attitude. Start drawing daily on God's strength. (2) If you slip,
      > don't wallow. Becoming mature is a life-long process. It takes
      > each time you turn to God in your weakness and allow Him to do for
      > you what you can't do for yourself. (3) Confess your sin.
      > Listen: "The Lord is near to the broken-hearted" Psalm 34:18 NAS.
      > God always responds to a repentant heart. He'll meet you at your
      > lowest point, walk with you through the valley of regret, and
      > you out stronger and wiser. (4) Make a 3-column list: (a)
      > Discoveries. List everything you've learned about yourself,
      > and God's Word through temptation; (b) The New Me. List areas that
      > still need to be "transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans
      > 12:2; (c) Action Plan. Write down the things you want to integrate
      > into your life like prayer, confession to God, accountability to a
      > friend, Bible reading and memorization, identifying weak spots and
      > watching yourself more closely. (5) Use what you've learned. Jesus
      > told Peter, "Satan has asked for you... but I have prayed for you,
      > that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me,
      > strengthen your brethren" Luke 22:31-32 NKJV. Let today mark a new
      > beginning by using what you've learned, not only to avoid falling
      > again, but also to help others facing the same temptations.
      > To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne.
      > Revelation 3:21
      > Before leaving the subject of temptation let's underscore the
      > following truths: (1) Any weakness constantly indulged in,
      > denied or hidden, can enslave you. (2) Failure to identify and
      > target your dominant weakness guarantees defeat. (3) Ignoring your
      > weakness makes defeat inevitable. (4) Satan has assigned certain
      > people to feed your weakness. Be discerning! (5) Your weakness
      > be drawn to any friendship that accepts it, enjoys it and feeds on
      > it. (6) Your weakness has an agenda: to take over your life and
      > sabotage God's plan for you. (7) Your weakness will always bond
      > the wrong people and make you uncomfortable in the presence of the
      > right ones. (8) Your weakness can emerge at any time, including
      > closing years. (9) Your weakness cannot be overcome by human
      > reasoning or willpower. (10) God will permit you to enjoy success
      > various areas, even while your weakness is still operating within
      > you. Why? Because He's long-suffering and merciful. (11) Your
      > ones are praying for you to triumph over your weakness, because
      > glorifies God - and sends a message that they too can be
      > (12) Overcoming your weakness brings great rewards. Listen: "As
      > as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
      > To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as
      > also overcame, and sat down with My Father on His throne"
      > 3:19-21. Understand this: God will not only help you to overcome
      > your greatest weakness - but to turn it into your greatest weapon!
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