Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: General Topics
- Scripture: James 1:13-15
Dr. Danny Campbell shares a word of encouragement for the Wednesday Prayer Meeting entitled, "The Reason Temptation Defeats You." This is Dr. Danny Campbell's sermon from the 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting.
The Reason Temptation Defeats You
Do you remember the huge 9.1 magnitude Tsunami back in December of 2004?
Read James 1:13-15 The Reason Temptation Defeats You Let’s Pray!
The Greek root word in both cases is the same word Peiratzo. It’s range of meaning includes “to test, to try, to prove, to tempt, to solicit to evil.”
God is NOT the source of your temptation V. 13
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:16-17
Like all of us Jesus encountered external trials and temptations, but never internally sinned. That means that temptation itself is not the sin, but giving into the temptation is the sin. Jesus NEVER did give in, making Him our CHAMPION! The fact that He was tempted to sin makes Him able to relate to us. The fact that He never sinned makes Him able to save us! He also shows the way not to succumb to temptation – guarding one’s heart!
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” -Matthew 6:13a
“This then is our plea: that we may not be vanquished or overwhelmed by any temptations, but may by the Lord’s power stand fast against all hostile powers that attack us. This is not to yield to temptations. Our plea is that, received into His care and safekeeping and secure in his protection, we may stand unconquered over sin, death, the gates of Hell, and the Devil’s whole kingdom.” -John Calvin, 1536, page 83
The reason you do succumb to temptation is your own lax security V. 14-15
We can’t control what comes to the gate of our mind, but we can keep the gate closed!
Genesis 3:6 Proverbs 4:23 James 4:7 2 Timothy 2:22
How do you resist temptation? Guard the gate of your heart! Resist Satan and run to Jesus!
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. -I Corinthians 10:13
Satan will be judged for trying to tempt you to sin, but you are responsible for giving into temptation in your life.
Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! -I John 4:4