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Trials and Temptations

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September 3, 2019 8:55 am

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September 3, 2019 8:55 am

Dr. John H. Munro September 1, 2019 James 1:1-18

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Well this is the second message in the series with wings like eagles on the Titleist trials and temptations and trials and temptations come to every single one of us and I would suggest that one of the reasons were defeated by trials and temptations and one of the reasons why the challenges and struggles of life sometimes discourages is that we have an un-biblical view of God and one of my main goals in this series with wings like eagles is that we are truly God centered tried to say that last week as we looked at some the text in Isaiah that our life is centered on God when I was about 17 years old at high school there was in the school library a little booklet that I picked up and that was written by an Englishman called you to be Phillips who wrote a book called your God is too small is a very small book and on the front cover a picture of a teddy bear some building blocks in a couple ties and JB Phillips who was an English preacher wrote this very insightful book that God was too small. I was fascinated as I read it and mention it to the librarian.

He was surprised that the student would be reading it and he said you can take the home with you. I don't think that we many students who will be reading this book, so I have in my library and I pulled it out this week.

You are God is too small as you have read the book I recommended to you, but JB Phillips was making a very very important point that so often we have a small God attain God, our God, who in fact is remarkably like ourselves a God who shares the opinions of the culture, rather than having a true biblical God. I want you to know the true God, not a God that is all there is a God of your mind. Another kind of God that you think you would like.

But the true biblical God and the only way we know that of course is looking to his word as he reveals himself as the true God, so that in our lives we would be God centered.

Now as we live our life or they were Christians or non-Christians. We all have struggles we have trials where we are tempted with challenges and that when the struggles come to us, we sometimes ask all kinds of questions and one of the common questions that we may ask ourselves and sometimes articulate to others is is God punishing me most of us have some guilt from the past, usually quite rightly because all of us have done things in the past that were ashamed of and that we probably shouldn't have done so.

This is a common reaction. I'm going through this difficultly I'm going through this unexpected situation at this this mean that God is punishing me of a done wrong with it is God. Why should life be so difficult.

Here I am trying to live a Christian life trying to do the right thing, and God isn't really delivering a God isn't organizing my life the way that I would like, and it may be that God is punishing me or God has abandoned me next week were going to think of that when God abandons us know if you're thinking like that there's a book in the Bible that addresses the questions on these is book to read. It's one of the oldest books in the Bible and is the story of job there.

We learn that righteous people do suffer job was the most righteous man on the art and he had unbelievable suffering. Unbelievable.

Believable trials and tribulations, and job had no idea why his life was so chaotic we know the reason like the beginning of the book, but job didn't have that advantage. I when you suffer when you have difficulties when you have trials there may be people around you who pontificate with a pious pontifications and platitudes and have glib answers and some may even question the depth of your faith. Have you had that happen to you when you go through difficult time someone draws you aside and in a very sanctimonious pseudo spiritual component questions the depth of your faith, kind of judges you should interesting conversation in the New Testament the disciples see a man who is blind from birth and asked this question Rabbi question is directed to Jesus Rabbi who send this man or his parents that he was born blind. They saw blind man and came to the wrong conclusion that the reason for his blindness either was since his own sin on the sin of his parents. Jesus corrects them. He says in John nine. It was not that this man sinned on his parents were that Jesus doesn't mean there sin last. But it was there sin was not a consequence of this man being blind, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Jesus corrects an erroneous theology the wrong way of looking at it and saying you really have no idea that this man is blind and the reasoning behind is that the works of God are going to be displayed through him. In other words, God is doing something in their life that if you just wait around you will see with two couples at Calvary church who put their houses up for sale on exactly the same day. Both of them are very active members of Calvary church. They are serving in the church and therefore one couple on the very day their house was on the market. The house sells for a higher when asking price that's wonderful when that happens, isn't it never happened to me but it happens to some people.

After six months past the other couples house is still on the market this couple attend Allied group at the time of sharing other couples whose house sold immediately at such a high price. They are praising God, and rightly so. And they're telling the class and someone in a very pious voice say so the couple. Well, it was obviously a God thing together couple are thinking, was it not a God thing that I would. Houston is me was wrong with us. We pray as well as this other couple their house sells at this wonderful price and ours is still in the market. In fact, no one is look that it asking do you really believe that when things happen and in accordance with your ideas, your plans, God is a work but when things don't go according to your plans, your desires, your wishes, God is not a work is that the theology you have a very weak view of God, your God, is to small in this series were going to understand something is very difficult for us that God's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. Isaiah 55 God's ways are unfathomable. Isaiah says in Isaiah 40 verse 28 regarding God's understanding is on searchable. Do you really think you know the way that God works. Do you really think that you can pontificate about whether God is at work or whether it's a God thing in someone's life or not. In other words, when things go well, well, God is good ours doesn't sell you really think God is bad is that what we believe. Shortly not so with these important preliminary comments. What is the tub in the Bible to the first chapter of the letter of James, where James writes in the New Testament about trials and temptations were going to learn first of all, you will have trials of various kinds what you want to hear but whoever you are in life you are going to have trials of various kinds. We don't hello all have the same trials, but all of us have trials. James one verse 100 and from the English standard version. James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ to the 12 tribes in the discretion, greetings to say something remarkable in the next verse counted all joy, my brothers were in your house sells at this wonderful price. Praise God for good God we have counted all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds coming King James, this is the inspired word of God counted all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. There's a lesson for us trials of them are an important part of the Christian experience verse two. James writes when you meet trials of various kinds. He doesn't say if you make trials, but when you meet trials to grasp this. I don't mean just intellectually but also emotionally but life for followers of Jesus can be very very difficult but was the teaching of her Lord John 16 verse 33 Jesus says in the world you will have tribulation. The apostles had asked 14 verse 22 that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Yes, you will enter the kingdom of God is your trust is in Jesus Christ, but between now and then you're going to enter into some very difficult situations and in the following contacts James is going to make it very clear to us in verses 9 to 11. The trials come to every one of us whether you are rich or poor, of the wealthiest people I know about the most difficult place if you're poor you have trials. If you're rich, you have trials or somewhere in between.

You have trials. Joseph surely one of the godliness men in all of Scripture in the book of Genesis we read that he suffered in an Egyptian prison betrayed by his brothers falsely accused sentence unjustly and is in prison.

The apostle Paul is shipwrecked. He's beaten he stoned his imprisonment. He slandered reality following Jesus and something very painful and difficult find it interesting that when Jesus says in the Gospels of anyone comes after me member, the first thing he says let that person deny self that's difficult, isn't it is difficult to say no to ourselves something we want to do something we desire to do something which is comfortable for us, something which is pleasurable for us know says Jesus.

If you follow me you're going to deny self unit take up your cross and follow me. That is not easy as it you want a comfortable life.

Don't follow Jesus, take up yoga, a Buddhist or something but don't become a Christian.

Following Jesus is difficult these trials are experienced by every follower of Jesus that we don't use them.

We don't want them and I find it intriguing that James says here in verse two counted all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, manifold kinds they come in all shapes and sizes and colors. So the child that you experience.

I may think is relatively trivial, but I'm not going through the trials you experience may be very very different from the person sitting next to you this morning some followers of Jesus are persecuted because the history of the church like it was happening in the world today, Christians are imprisoned, persecuted violent. Some have serious health issues, family crisis, some know the pain here of being abused or treated unfairly at work. Some have experienced profound challenges when serving the Lord. Some children here some students here know what it is to be bullied nor wanted this to be ridiculed when their contemporaries, no than following Jesus. Not easy as it if you're 12 years old to be marginalized by your contemporaries when they know you're a Christian, not easy for a 20-year-old young woman at UNC Charlotte UNC Chapel Hill to be looked down on in class because she has the courage to stand for the Lord Jesus Christ.

That's tough.

That's a trial. Apostle Peter writes first Peter four verse well beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial with a comes upon you to test you as though something strange were happening to you know don't think it's strange.

Don't think is arts its common Peter is writing to persecuted children, Christians, people who are driven from their home right into the dispassionate as James was these first century Christians knew about trials and our trials and our struggles in our challenges may be difference in nature from the first century, but they are severe. None the less basic point followers of Jesus are not sheltered from trials don't think that you are granted some immunity because you are a genuine follower of Jesus, however, is not all James says is counted all joy.

He saying these trials allowed by God in your life will rebel against God when they come. These trials are for the purpose and the purposes of God. Hope you find this in the purposes of God isn't the case that sometimes the most painful times of our life become the most fruitful, most of us learn, spiritually speaking more in adversity day than prosperity.

Most of us learn more about God divide ourselves about saying about the beauty of her Savior in the Valley experiences of life that on the mountaintops will when the mountaintop so this is what James is counted all joy, my brothers is writing to Christians I could you come to joy in the middle of a trial. While biblical joy is not the emotional feeling happy, but it does come part of the fruit of the spirit from an understanding that when your trust is in God's number. What we said last week trusting God in tough times, reminding ourselves is, as Jeffrey did in that than the song reminding ourselves that God is good on the trial is difficult to chime in that sense is bad, but it comes from a good God. And when I understand that God is good and when I trust in him.

I can rejoice because God is doing something in my life is exciting and the wonderful to know that God is concerned with your spiritual growth and and that in order to toughen you up a bit in order to bring you to maturity date in order that you're not childish in order that your mother spiritual when God allows you the fire and the testing. In this we stand back and think about that is not that we enjoy the trials. As such, of course not, but we rejoice in the wallet. God is accomplishing in our lives. And there are many of you sitting here this morning.

If I give you the opportunity you would stand up and say that the most painful situations in your life and the most difficult and the most draining, pumping the times when God and his goodness has been at work in your life and you thank God and you country joy that God allowed you to go through these trials and with his strength, and with the power of the Holy Spirit you insured and you give God the things because you come right of that fiery trial much different than what you entered is not what Paul is saying verse James is saying verse two counted all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know is upon you know, if you don't, I'm telling you James is telling you you know now that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness in children's patience and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

So what do these trials produce some of you're going through.

Note in his heart sometimes feel like quitting. I know the thought, but the produce insurance, produce spiritual maturity is the case that in the dark nights of our life. We trust God in deeper and deeper ways. Isn't it true when our life seems to be going so orderly and everything seems nice and then we hit a brick wall, something unexpected comes into your life which shakes us is that the case that when were stripped of our self-reliance and as they are probably our self-sufficiency when we've taken God for granted for so often what happens we get down on their knees we get flat on her face before God unto and to cry out to God in the midst of the trials in the midst of the challenges we learn the wrong way to trust God more and more and to love him more and more someone is said that this insurance. The steadfastness is. Faith stretched out in the trial of faith stretched very easy to do saying about trusting God and to preach about trusting God when were on the mountaintop within the Valley faith stretched and and we feel will just hanging on by our nails.

We were not wanted sure if we will make it and our faith is stretch that their faith is deepened and would begin to understand that while we don't appreciate all that God is doing and we certainly don't have the answers to all of the problems in our life but we do know that God's hand, the loan may be invisible is a loving hand is a good time and this God has allowed this trial in my life and therefore I counted all joy. One of the other things that happens from the go through these trials, it makes us more understanding and more caring of others.

Paul says that in second Corinthians 1 verse four he says that as you go through the trial and the affliction that you receive the comfort of God, you are then able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by some of you know about bereavement. Don't you your husband your wife your son your daughter and father, your mother, a close friend has been taken. You had to deal with that incredible situation.

You're the very person luncheon to go to that brother or sister at Calvary is lost a loved one, comforting others, with the comfort we ourselves have received your going through the trial the last person you want is the legalist with a self-righteous finger-pointing at you and giving you some spiritual cliché, and when that person.

A person like the Pharisees was removed from us, as if how could you ever get yourself in that situation. I mean, why is it so difficult. You're not strong in your faith get with that man. Give me the person who's gone through the trial which receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit. That's the person that comes alongside you and me and brings us comfort from God and some of your facing trials right now with you to do stand strong and be overcome by self-pity. Think your unique and certainly don't think God is punishing your yes there's a possibility he may be disciplining you read Hebrews 12 don't be better on the run from God, counted all joy. Think of this, that through these painful trials God and his purposes is doing something remarkable. He's making you more and more like Jesus. She was very thin trial, you're likely to be spiritually flabby, you're likely to take God for granted. You're likely to be private, but these trials these fiery trials that Peter says they help us they strengthen us, and they prepare us to serve others. Notice what James says in verse 12 is a blessing. James one verse 12 Blessed is the man who remained steadfast under trial. You could be devastated. You could deny the faith. You could be better, you could be consumed with self-pity, but Blessed is the man who remained steadfast under trial for when he has stood the test to test when they will be over when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him incredible. You see this remaining steadfastness is not passivity. This is not just sitting around doing nothing.

No, it is in Julian's steadfastness. Think of insurance at the page back in your Bible releases the page back in mind the Hebrews Hebrews chapter 12 for the writer of Hebrews uses the same word that Peter uses in the ESV is translated steadfastness in James in Hebrews chapter 12 is translated in June's same concept. Hebrews 12 verse one therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. Think of the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance with steadfastness the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, steadfast with the Lord as he envisions the cross, despising the shame, and it is, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who in June, mind, and you would like Christ. No man suffered like Christ. No one went through such a deep deep valley as our Lord Jesus Christ.

He was steadfast he endured. Now we are running the race that I got is using an athletic image of a we are to run this race with endurance.

Many of you, like myself, of being in the race to cross-country one thing you need in cross-country running is an insurance not long into the race when that terrible pain in your side comes and you wonder why announce that I volunteered to do this.

After all, I didn't have to do it I could be home with her feet up reading a book, watching television, doing something else. Why announce would I choose to put myself through this terrible pain run with endurance. I was at the Jesus that he looked ahead to the joy that was set before him. This is enduring with triumphant home with a great expectation. Many of you have been, as I have playing a team sport.

In my case, football, soccer, and the other side seem to be running all over here and in and perhaps your teammates not doing exactly what they should do some of them seem to be getting tired and then during the game you can see a bit of a bad adage from the ones that kinda give up all that are still on the artist on the on the game but they're not performing well. Instead of encouraging the teammates are complaining they have a bad attitude is very discouraging. Isn't it a picture here. We are running the Christian race and following Jesus Christ. I want to do thy God in his grace and saying I want to live a life to his glory, you want to do that. But then these trials, and the difficult for us under discouraging for us and we think why doesn't God just remove them. Life would be so much easier and I would serve God so much better if this situation my family and my ministry. Whatever it was was removed easily get a bad attitude nor want you to be steadfast.

I don't want you to give up because remember this, says James back in James one verse 12. You will receive the crown of life. As you follow Jesus you will have trials of various kinds was more secondly as you follow Jesus you will have temptations of various kinds you think is pattern of dub trials. Now I'm going to have temptations. Verse 13 gins numbers 13 ready for this. Let no one say when he's tempted I am tempted by God for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself turns no one but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire, then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown brings forth was a follow Jesus trials come into my life and in two years, but also as a follow Jesus temptation comes into my life now temptation to sin is not a sin, being tempted is not sinful. We have a him we sometimes saying and it has a line in it which says prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God is not right. We we we love Jesus Christ we've expressed her love for him this morning. What happens some temptation comes in the forerunner sourcing as we prone to wander with prone to get off that not all way and to go off track every single person here is tempted on kindness, dishonesty, lines, gossip last laziness, vengeance, covetousness, false witness, the list goes on and on and on. All of us have sinful desires not all of us.

Some attempt in the same way. Something that may be a temptation to you is no temptation to mantle and vice versa. But all of us at tempted you are not an exception process in first Corinthians 10 verse 12. Let the person who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall ever met someone in the Christian life.

They think they're so much better.

The love judging other people person needs to be very very careful if you think you're above temptation you're going to be in for a huge folk temp is temptation. It's an incitement to sin though the temptation is essays not sin is being enticed to sin.

Remember our Lord perfect God and perfect man was tempted for 40 days in the wilderness. We read in the Gospels that Jesus was tempted by Satan.

Can you imagine the audacity of Satan in tempting Jesus Christ. Something that amazing tempted, so be prepared to be tempted bring your temptation from the dark to light and don't flatter yourself that you have some unique or special temptation, avid men over the years we say to me what you understand. John and different. I have the special temptation million Paul says really detects the minute first Corinthians 1013 no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. Don't flatter yourself that you're some kind of special person that you can excuse your sin because you say well it's different from everyone else is not is not. If we took all of the temptations. If we were honest enough to write a list. What a long list that would be right that we could be that way I know to tend to them to mention a long long list that would be box will be nothing really special and it we would say yes, that's true. I'm tempted the same way as many of you attempt or yes those differences, but all of us are tempted not yielding to temptation. James is going to tell us his sin and has serious consequences.

There's a person who self-righteous and think, well, I would never do this kind of legalistic, pharisaical, judgmental, individual, but much more common. There's individuals as well yeah I did say no, but we all said in a different from me the perfect man and has a very very casual view of sin as if it didn't matter. Sin does matter.

Sin has the most serious of consequences. I noticed her I think this is brilliant of James. Notice what he says in verse 14. Each person each person. Your name, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire to lured and enticed fishing and hunting terms lured and enticed by his own desire years ago when I when I lived in Scotland defendant and I would go fishing for rainbow trout and the locks in Shetland the most northerly islands in Scotland, a very densely populated became famous for number reasons North Sea oil was often of the Shetland Coast famous for the Shetland sheepdog, the Shetland pony, and various other things and so we would drive to set Mary have parked the car and walk a mile or two over the hills and would come to remote lock no one around. Absolutely brilliant. No, we would finish with the spinner and my friend was much more expert in fishing and I was ugly so he frequently told me and he had many more lures than I had all kinds of different lures and he would explain which made sense to me as I began being a bit of a novice that depending on the time of day. The light with.

It was raining are not the contour of the law would determine what kind of Lord we would use what are we trying to select were trying to select a louver that is going to deceive the fish you want the fishes swimming around minding its own business, you want the fish to see the attractive lured the fish sees the lure. It bites the lure, but it grabs the hook and is caught it is enticed it's lured it is deceived, it grabs the lure. Thinking is going to have it somewhere when it ends up being your supper is what sin does the two when your sin when you're tempted.

This lure is dangled in front of you enticed it is very alluding. It is spec particularly fascinating. It's very very tempting temptations come in very subtle alluding and pleasurable forms. But here's the point James wants us to get there. In every case, the lure is hiding the hook if you bites you like a fish will be hooked will be captured will be cleaned and cooked, is a temptation in front of you think that's really nice of course it's nice to be no temptation if it wasn't, it is alluding that word in the English language, it is alluring. It's enticing. But did you know there's the end result is that James says verse 15 desire begins with a desire when it has conceived takes a look gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown brings forth death. What's the ultimate result of sin. The wages of sin is death, know that that doesn't come immediately, but think when you to think this morning with me of the consequences of your sin.

One of the things that Satan does and he's brilliant at it. He said these are the thousands of years experience. He is spectacularly good at hiding the hook and he spectacularly brilliant in knowing the Lord is going to catch you. He knows you.

He watches her. I don't think you can read your mind, but he watches you and you put this alluding put this temptation right in front of your and Satan and sin always promise the best no member in the story and John to of the technical water into wine gases that are amazes as you give give Today. The good wine to the normally present the best wine first with people to the drunk on the with the drinking then you get the pewter line. Satan always gives you the best first pick think a drink or drug bump into bed with that person. You'll enjoy life to that customer taken it's it's pretty good here you take it.

He promises the best first the Christian life is very different in the Christian life.

The more you follow Jesus, the better becomes intercourse and ultimately rather than ending in spiritual – hell itself going to be in heaven and the bliss of heaven following Jesus. We sometimes sing it sweeter every day. It's true the more you follow Jesus the more marvelous it is, I could testify to that. Having been a Christian for many years and many here current sin does the opposite. Sin promises you the best.

First, here is a student called me this morning and he started high school this week and he's tempted, tempted because sometimes he's a bit lazy doesn't want to work hard in school doesn't want to do the homework right with this temptation well as well as laziness he's tempted to cheat his Calvary students, which would cheat in an exam chip and an assignment copy someone else's work.

Go on the web and and or plagiarize something cheat. I'm told it's called United States cheating is an epidemic as of the temptations and chances are you won't really be fined up to my day. If you are fun cheating. It was a huge thing might be expelled from the school but think of the consequence of the student cheating. Think of the consequence of the business person here the salesperson. Here we trying to get that big deal in order to get the deal they got to fudge the facts recall that lying recall that billing falls with the commandment about that photo lies but this person so once the deal that the lie perhaps about the delivery of the goods or something else and just to get the gadget that lying is successful, the student is able to achieve. The student gets a name but think of the consequences, even in the midget terms, that person is already started an easy slope of compromise.

Someone who does that. As a freshman in high school. What kind of person are they going to be when they graduate salesperson who gets the deal and is congratulated and gets a bonus as they go home and their spouse say well how was it today and they say well I got that big deal, including a big bonus on this Ice Age.

Your wonderful and the person says no I'm a cheat, lie, sin always has consequences.

Think of the consequence little shepherd boy is repeatedly warned by his father to have nothing to do with snakes when they were not in the hills little boys in his tent. Snake calls to the entrance of the tent and since little boy it's cold out here. We you please pick me up and put me on your stomach will keep each other warm little boy replies my daddy said never to listen to snakes or to have anything to do with them.

Please go away, but the snake persists and eventually the little boy picks up the snake brings into the tent wise then put the steak on his stomach. The snakebites of and is a little boy lies dying. He asked the state why did you bite me when I brought you into the tent to warm you snake replied. That's what snakes do we bite and the poison you knew what I was before.

You picked me up brother sister you know what sin is. Before you pick it up. You know the disastrous effect of that decision when you're tempted. You know what sin does not turn back in your Bibles to first Corinthians 10 and verse 13 and you see John, I'm doing year. I have committed so many sins I have fallen for so many temptations that's true of all of us, but here's a tremendous encouragement that when you're tempted God is always faithful. First Corinthians 10 verse 13 no temptation has overtaken you that is common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to enjoy is not great, however lonely you are, however, vulnerable you feel you can always always rely on the faithfulness and integrity of God. Here is a magnificent promise in Scripture in your temptation to come to all of us. God is always faithful and in every every temptation there is always a way of escape.

James himself is going to say.

Resist the devil and will flee from you about a great joy that when you're tempted to resist the devil leaves your pet rock great feeling of thankfulness to God for God is so faithful.

He will not allow you to be tempted, says Paul beyond your ability. There is a limitation on the extent of the temptation. No temptation is so hard so difficult, so alluring that you must succumb to it. Absolutely not. That will never be a temptation.

Please hear me the will never be a temptation in your life which is so overpowering, which is so alluring, which is so feared that you must yield to it.

No, God is faithful. He never allows you to be tempted beyond your ability, and God knows your ability than the fiercest of temptations God will provide a way of escape. Paul says in first Corinthians 618. For example, flee from sexual immorality. A very common way of escape is to flee is to get out of the situation what the parents tell their students event in a situation go to someone's house under those alcohol are there some porn being shown are or are some drawings. What do you say get out of the house as quickly as possible. Call me leave. Don't stay in the situation the longer you stay in the situation, the more likely you are to succumb to the temptation. Remember the story of the little shepherd boy every bit of poison is poison, every spark of fire is five every bit of sin is sin you like to think that you can keep just a little bit of sin. You can control sin.

You can succumb here and keep sin in his place. No very nature of sin is that it takes all that it pervades it affects your thinking and it hurts it damages your very soul. That's why Peter says in first Peter 211. Abstain from every fleshly lusts, which wage war against your soul. What did Joseph do the young man when this Mrs. part of her comes and tries to seduce him. He says no and he runs he says no.

This is part of her's house and there is no one greater than him, nor has he kept back anything from me because you're his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God or when we sin, we heard other people, but above all, sin is against God. With every temptation there is a way of escape, but furthermore, John says in first John one verse nine that when we sin, we do with all born of the way we've all taken the lure of all fields. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Here is a wonder of the gospel when we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God so faithful that he provides a way of escape, but sometimes I don't take a way of escape, and God is so faithful that when I confess my sin. I'm truly repentant. I turned from. I say night prior to Christ for salvation and forgiveness he will forgive my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. No sin is so bad so horrible so deep but God's love.

God's grace Extent to and some of you sitting here have blown it. You're very convicted this morning. I want you to look to the cross of Christ as the cross is not lit up this morning, but there's a cross to come to the cross and see there is where my Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins, paid the price because of come short and I asked him to forgive me for those of us who are following Christ be encouraged to be steadfastly strong insured during retreats, and God will bless you an incredible waste when you are steadfast when you ensure and he will give you a clarion of life were missing to live a God centered life guard at the very center wait for the Lord so high with wings of Eagles above these temptations.

Psalm 2714 wait for the Lord be strong and let your heart take courage way for the Lord of you not known.

Do not hurt. The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength even youths shall faint and young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength that will money talk with wings like eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint. Father, help us this morning.

We do pray pray for my brothers and sisters here help them deal with these trials and temptations. Thank you for your grace thank you regard the forgiveness.

Thank you for the strength and the wisdom you give us. For those who don't know Christ, maybe even though prior to him your good God you've supplied salvation for everyone who believes in the name of the Lord and so is saved and when. What buffeted when were in the storms of life.

When we think we can hardly go on. Thank you for reminding us that that that you are faithful and thank you that through grace and the Lord Jesus Christ is well with our souls. We thank you in Christ name

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