December 05, 2021 - The Important over the Urgent Pt. 3 (Galatians 5:22-23; Genesis 3:1-7; 39:6-12) Message by Pastor Stephen Puett
- The Attack of Temptation
1 Corinthians 6:12 - “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Revelation 12:9 - And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world - he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Revelation 20:2 - And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
Temptations come from lies
2 Timothy 2:25-26 - God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
What defeats Satan’s lies? The Truth
Acts 5:3 - But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?”
Matthew 4:4 - “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
You must identify the lies
Sin will fulfill you! It is sweeter, healthier, more natural than obedience to God. If you do it you will grow in your understanding. If you don’t do it, you will miss out. You will put limits on yourself.
If disobedience is more more life giving than Jesus, then you probably don’t know Jesus.
The first sin is not the disobedience of the command, but the resentment of the command.
5 Lies Eve Believes
- God is unfair
- Resentment for God’s commands
- Desired the fruit
- Ate the fruit
- Invite others to join in
2. The Defense of Temptation
The mark of a godly individual is that they love following God’s commands, even if it results in suffering.
Psalm 1:1-2 - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, not sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.