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Prayer And Temptation

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks
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June 4, 2022 12:00 pm

Prayer And Temptation

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks

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June 4, 2022 12:00 pm

In this installment of Encouraging Prayer, James Banks and Robby Dilmore discuss how to avoid the temptation of sin and how to grow closer to God through trials of temptation. They emphasize the importance of making room for God in our hearts in order to fight the good fight.

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This is the Truth Network encouraging prayer, God offers an open invitation for his people to talk with him at any time about anything encouraging prayer Dr. James Banks authored the best-selling and many other books on prayer provides weekly physical insight help you learn to love and now today on encouraging prayer will talk about the relationship between prayer and sin. So James I'm really looking forward to this one. So let's get started.

I don't want to talk about it what you mean. I don't want to talk about the change. This is radio broadcasting. You know, we can have dead air.

No, I see it's good there.

You're saying you don't want to talk about it because that's what we usually do when we had down the road of wanting to sin.

We give God the silent treatment and we don't let them into the moment that what we do help so much. We pray when were tempted and what we've got to do. We've got to let God into the moment. Because if we do have more strength to deal with whatever were facing makes me think the way to-year-olds play hide and seek right to cover their eyes and stand right there. It is in the same thing with God.

Is it easily right there with us in the moment, but covering your eyes and singing can hear you. I don't want to talk about it all over again.

But if we talk about it we go there with God. What a great way to pray. So what you mean. This is where it really gets personal.

I mean really personal God.

I want to do this, but I know you don't want me to, and what you said after that she said something you have to do your own weakness. I suppose that's right, and his strength is made perfect in weakness. So checkmate he can help us right there right then we let him that we have to let him touch the key to remember some time back and we talked about what didn't happen in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were tempted and what didn't happen with a conversation with God like God. There's a certain over here and he says that if I eat the fruit of this tree, you now have the knowledge of good and evil, just like you I like to be like you and he says that if I eat it I will die. Can you imagine what would've happened if they made a conversation in the form of a serpent and got what you come over here please let you think would happen with. I think there would be a serpent on his way out pretty quick. Stick around, and that the New Testament resist the devil and he will flee from you in prayer is one of the absolute best ways that we can resist the devil, but let's take this a little farther one of Adam and Eve said God is telling us that if we eat the fruit of this tree we will be like you, and we really want to do it but we know that you told us not to. We know that you told us that if we do will die, but he says that we won't that will live forever like you. So what should we do that would be interesting because first of all you know they get on a lesson plan of who the devil is a liar and he came to steal and destroy, just like Jesus said that, I think that God would explain his reasons to them.

God will take the lead because I don't do so because I love you because you eat that tree. This is what is going to happen to you and there will be this distance between us, that would be all unthinkable and I don't want you think you would respond that way as well because God is love. So no matter what way you look at it bringing him in the conversation were tempted really helps the air out of the tires on a little temptation bicycle when you know that Jesus is right there that God is in the room.

You've got to deal with things on a whole new level suggests let's talk about some of the ways that we can pray when were tempted to talk about some of the things we might say.

I think the first thing we can say is really short because after all first and 13,000 tempted, God will provide a way out so that we can endure.

I mean you could pray that versus well, you know. But the truth is, Jesus is the way out God's presence with us is the way out so much of this has to do with where we put our attention that the word repent in the New Testament has to do with turning so we turn our attention to God is the first step of turning away from sin, then we have to take the next steps. I think one of the best prayers we can pray after we pray, help is I love you Lawrence really has you. Let's talk about that's yeah well Jesus said that if we love him we will obey his commands and if you think about it really it. It's a love that makes obedience possible. So when we tell them we love him and and we mean it from the heart. It really that much harder for us to see him because were worth thinking about him or thinking about the price that he paid for us across and again, that makes going to that much harder. That's exactly right. Saying that love makes obedience easier.

It's really true mean everything that Jesus did for the love of the father and he was entirely obedient so we don't just try to tell God we love him but actually love him in the moment. Let our hearts go to him, praise him away from from seeing in that moment you know and that's really cool because were making genuine progress. Jesus sentence 11 will obey his commandments and he and the father will come and make their home with us so we let them in the moment. It's like making more room for him in our heart and lives and make something that can seem so difficult seem brighter document because not only do we not have to give in numbly.

Is there an escape route provided but things are so much better on the other side the way out. Really freedom really is to love and and that's exactly where we want to be what you have to finish up with with the prayer today. I would ask Jesus thank you for this insight and and Lord help us to turn as Jesus as as James said and think about how we love you and how we'd like some help in the situation that's more than we can stand apart from you.

We can do nothing. So apparently you cannot go there with these things help us to know that in the moment you give us hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website. James bank.org or by visiting church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you. Pray this is the Truth Network


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