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How to Defeat Temptation

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November 21, 2021 7:00 am

How to Defeat Temptation

The Bible Study Hour / James Boice

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November 21, 2021 7:00 am

When Christ was tempted in the wilderness, He resisted the Devil. We attribute His victory to His divine nature, but Jesus never relied on His divinity for victory. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he reveals Christ’s secret for overcoming temptation that can be applied to our lives, as well.

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Hungary and alone in the wilderness.

The Savior was tempted by Satan.

Jesus could've easily vanquished his oppressor by his divine power, yet he chose to allow the devil to carry out his scheme of trying to outmaneuver God Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically rather than depend on his divine power, Jesus chose to use the same tools available to mankind in his encounter with the deceiver. And therein lies the key to victory over our own temptations. Join Dr. Boyce as he outlines the methods Christ used against Satan and how we can effectively put those methods into practice in our own belts with the enemy.

At the very end of the 16th century after the Protestant Reformation in Europe and the wars that had followed up on it and anonymous Christian wrote some lines that summarize some of the things the Bible has to say about temptation, he wrote in all the strife of mortal life, our feet Shouse and securely temptations our show lose its power. For thou shall guard us shortly. Oh God, renew with heavenly do our body soul and spirit until we stand at thy right hand through Jesus saving merit. These lines summarize some of the truth is that the word of God contains about temptation. And to some extent they are therefore a commentary on the references to temptation in the Lord's prayer in the verse, which we now call me in our study, prayer, says, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Or as we should say from the evil one with her to understand what the Lord Jesus Christ was talking about in the suggestion of how we should pray we need to understand that several distinct types of temptations are mentioned in the Bible, some from God and some from Satan, and that this is a prayer for deliverance from only one kind sometimes hard to recognize a distinction like this and reading the Bible for us.

The word temptation almost always means attempt to do evil, in spite of the fact that in some biblical passages. By contrast, it actually means nothing of the kind words often have more than one meaning. This is true of the word temptation is well as of many other words and phrases in the English language.

For instance, I have often had to explain the double significance of the word marriage to my young daughter, particularly after I've performed a marriage ceremony and spoken to her about it.

My daughter loves weddings and loves to talk about them might inevitably say something about marrying the couple is very confusing to her and she asked how can you marry them. You already have a wife. No man can have two wives. Well, I'm glad to see that she has all the important rules and relationships downright but I have to explain that the word marry can be used in two senses to be used of a man and woman pledging their love to each other and promising to live together as husband-and-wife or it can also refer to what the minister does as he conducts the marriage ceremony understand about marriage, you need to understand the word in either one or both of these sentences. No, it's the same with the word temptation. It can refer to a direct temptation to do evil. As I said, but it can also refer to a trial and ordeal Laura testing. We see this most clearly in the first chapter of the book of James II and third verses of that chapter we read, my brethren counted all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the testing of your faith worketh patience. The old authorized version of the Bible. The verse refers to diverse temptations even here. The meeting was clear. Moreover, these words are quite similar to Romans five verses three and four were Paul writes not only so, but we glory in tribulations also knowing that tribulation worketh patience in patients experience and experience, hope is obvious that in both cases the writer is referring to a kind of test store temptation that comes to questions from God is the kind of testing the came to Abraham when God asked him to sacrifice his son, nor that comes to us in the persecution sickness, discouragement or abuse by our family or friends.

Why these things God strengthens the faith of Christians we are to rejoice in such testing coming. It an honor. So to suffer no later on in the same chapter James speaks of another kind of tempting. This is not at all from God. In fact, James says of this temptation.

Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted the any man. This is a temptation to sin, and of course James adds that every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

You see, we are not to rejoice in this type of temptation comes from our sinful natures and we are urged rather to triumph over it and finally the fourth chapter of James verse seven James speaks of the assaults we received from the devil only. Here he says submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. All the temptation referred to in the Lord's prayer is not the temptation that comes from God as a trial to strengthen our faith more primarily the temptation that comes from within, from our own sinful loss.

The temptation that Jesus meant was the temptation that comes the believer from the devil.

What is the secret to resisting this type of temptation.

The secret is found in the last verse quoted from James we read elsewhere that the temptation that comes from the flesh is to be resisted by fleeing from it is why Paul writes flee youthful lusts and flee fornication. We are to resist the temptation that comes to us from the world by allowing God to transform us by the renewing of our minds that we may prove his perfect will for us.

But when it comes to the devil. Scripture says submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. I think that at this point, we must be very clear about the point that James is making James says submit to God and resist the devil, we are to submit and resist.

But how are we to do that.

What does submission mean and how can we resist the wisdom and the superior cunning of Satan. We need to answer these questions clearly.

For if we are sensitive to spiritual things. We know that Satan is stronger than we are.

We are unable to resist them in ourselves we are weak beside him. Therefore, we need to know how we are to seek deliverance from the one who is defeated Satan, and who will one day imprison them forever.

What is it mean to submit. Quite simply, it means to surrender ones will to God. And since this cannot be done in isolation apart from a personal relationship to him.

It means that we must spend time conversing with God through prayer. It certainly no accident. For instance, that the petitioner lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil comes last in the Lord's prayer after the Christian is already prayed Hollow would be thy name by kingdom come, thy will be done. This means that although the believer is to resist the devil, always to fight against them. He is able to do this successfully. Only after he is first of all submitted himself to God. Submit and resist. We see what it means to submit, but no, what does it mean to resist.

How is this done. The answer is by God's word by means of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples. Now are ye clean through the word that I've spoken unto you, meaning that purity of life can be ours to the degree that we feed upon the Bible and study it is almost said by word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the Paul wrote specifically of our spiritual warfare saying and take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God and Pilgrim's progress. There's a great scene in which this is portrayed allegorically by a terrible battle between Apollyon. Who was the devil and Christian Joses. The bunion knew these crews also.

This is what he writes that Napoleon's buying his opportunity began to gather up close to Christian and wrestling with him gave him a dreadful fall with that Christian sword flew out of his hand and said Apollyon. I am sure of the now and with that he almost pressed him to death, so that Christian began to despair of life as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching of his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man Christian nimbly reached out his hand for his sword and caught it, saying, rejoice not against Mayo mine enemy when I fall I shall Verizon with Ed gave him a deadly thrust which made him give back is one that it received his mortal wound Christian perceiving that made enemy again saying maybe in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Without Apollyon spread forth his Dragon's wings and sped away. That Christian for a season so I am no more I read this part of the story.

I know the bunion knew the truth of James 47 personally 40 new that reference to the use of the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I want to give you one final example of how temptation can be resisted in the best example I can give is the account of the temptation of Jesus Christ recorded in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.

Some time ago when we were on the subject in connection with our studies in the book of Philippians we did a question and answer. Which Maltese ask a question that I've heard many people asking one form or another. He said we've all heard the expression, Dr. Boyce, the temptations come to us from the world the flesh and the devil, but it seems that all three of Christ's temptations in the wilderness came to him from the devil is not white and if it is, how can we say that Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin was a good question. So I began by pointing out the fact that there is a fine distinction here on the basis of which it was necessary for Jesus in all points to be tempted directly by the devil. Sleep Jesus did not have a sinful nature as we do so we could not be tempted by a sinful nature, neither could he be tempted by the world directly because the sins of the world are pride, arrogance, a desire for dominance and so on. And Jesus had no point of contact in himself for these. If Jesus was to be tempted at all. All of the temptations must have come to him from a direct encounter with the devil, just as Adam and Eve had received their temptations from the devil, because before their fall, Adam and Eve did not have a sinful nature, either at the same time, however, we notice as we read the account of Christ's temptations that each of the temptations did relate to one of these three areas. The temptation to turn stones to bread was a fleshly temptation. The temptation to throw himself from the top of the Temple in Jerusalem was a temptation to gain the world's esteem in the world's way. The temptation to worship Satan was an outright spiritual temptation that would've placed the Lord in direct opposition to God's heavenly father. Thus, although all of the temptations came originally from the devil they were nevertheless temptations to the sins of the flesh world and the devil. They show us that Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, of course, these temptations were far more subtle and stronger than our temptations because of their source.

Let me ask this. How did the Lord Jesus Christ come out on top of these temptations answer to this question is important for its contrary to the views of most people think that he did it by drawing on his divine nature, believing that he had more power to resist temptation than we do owe. It's true that Jesus did have more power than we do, but there's nothing in the Bible to show that Christ ever resisted temptation by drawing on his divine nature.

Jesus was both man and God.

Yet he resisted temptation as a man. What is more, it's for this reason that he is an example for us when we are tempted to let me ask the question again.

How did Jesus resist the temptations that are recorded in Matthew four well in the first place.

You just spent 40 days in fasting and prayer. That's the first way, then in the second place, he replied to the devil in every instance by quoting Scripture Satan had come to him, saying, if thou be the son of God. Clearly stones to be made bread was a temptation to put physical needs above spiritual ones, and Jesus answered by saying man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God was a quotation from Deuteronomy 836 the devil took him up to Jerusalem and placing them on a pinnacle of the temple challenged him to throw himself down, trusting God to bury him up this way Christ would appear as it would seem from heaven thereby gain an immediate following Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy 616 it is written again, thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test in the final temptation. Satan asked Christ to worship him in exchange for this world's glory. This was as spiritual temptation, and Jesus replied, begone, Satan, for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Once again, Jesus had resist the devil by a quotation from the book of Deuteronomy you see the connection. Jesus overcame temptation just as we are to overcome temptation by prayer and via knowledge of the Bible, and even had to learn his knowledge of the Bible certainly when we learn to pray as Jesus prayed only learn the Bible as Jesus knew the Bible then we will experience a greater victory over our temptations. Let me at all, so that if we do these things then we can have great confidence before God even when we are faced with temptations we will pray that God will keep us from Satan's temptations. I would rephrase this section of the Lord's prayer to say keep us from wandering in the paths where we will be tempted by the devil. But if he comes keep us out of his clutches. But even as we pray this, we will pray knowing that God is faithful that he will not permit you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it and then how does the prayer end. It ends with the words for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, a man does not ask that these things might become true and acknowledges that they all are true and are they true well certainly they are. And we ought not to worry about the future if we are God's children. All too often we find ourselves doubting that God is really able to take care of us. We worry about our own little kingdoms. Our power in our glory. How foolish and we know that his kingdom is certain that his power is sufficient for all situations, and that his glory will ultimately prevail in our father we pray for those who may be experiencing temptation in these days.

If they are passed down with the mom. They are weak. Make them strong and teach them to just all depend constantly on yourself and on your unshakable word and you will be the kingdom the power and the glory we pray in Jesus name, amen.

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Our postal address 600 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. Thank you. We appreciate your support for this ministry. So how has the Bible study our impacted your life. Perhaps you're more confident in your personal ministry and Dr. Boyce's teaching as inspired and you a fresh appreciation for God's word will be sure to tell a friend and then tell us our entire staff would be greatly encouraged by your story when you call or write our email address is by Mark Daniels thank you for listening in. You know, fasting was key to two of the most significant events in the early church history, what were they. Does God still expect Christians to fast today. If so, how should our fasting differ from Old Testament fasting. Join Dr. James Boyce to discover the answer to those questions and more on the elusive topic of fasting, someone might well say I know well is there any evidence that God actually responded to the fasting of these early Christians by revealing his will to them. Did it happen is this theoretical purpose that you've mentioned born out in practice. The answer to these questions is yes and what is more, the instances themselves show the fasting was linked to the two most significant advances of the gospel in the ancient world following Pentecost. What were the two major advances of the gospel after it had been first proclaimed in the Holy Spirit and come on the believers.

Well, certainly the first was the opening of the gospel to the Gentiles through Cornelius by the ministry of Peter was fasting connected to this great advance. Yes, it was according to the words of Cornelius so we read in the 10th chapter of acts that after Peter and received his vision of the great sheet let down from heaven containing all kinds of animals and after he had gone in the basis of that vision to the home of the Gentile Centurion camellias spoke to explain the reason he had called Peter, this is what he said four days ago I was fasting until this hour and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, Cornelius type prayer is heard buying homes or had in remembrance of the sight of God and therefore to Joplin call here Simon, whose surname is Peter, who, when he cometh shall speak today say it was while he was fasting. Cornelius received this important revelation. That's next time on the Bible study our bearing you to think and act biblically

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