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Everyone deals with temptation. It attacks us in various forms with varying intensities. No one has ever been exempt from the “Temptation Club”, not even Jesus!
Though we are all tempted, not everyone falls for the same temptations. Some are able to overcome some temptations and not others. Some submit easily and others are better at fending off temptation. But let’s face it; we all face it!
This Sunday we will tackle “The Giant of Temptation”. We’ll look at James 1:13-16 and 4:6-10 as well as Hebrews 4:12-16 to discover how temptation works as a destructive giant in our lives and how we might overcome it.
I know that you’ll be tempted to sleep in Sunday morning, but I challenge you to overcome that attack . . .
In the recent past we’ve had a discussion about when its helps to be “Unforgiving”. We talked about how forgiveness is a response to a repentant heart and that not even God forgives us until we repent. There is, however, a problem with not forgiving if we hold on to the anger that results from the offense – we soon find ourselves buried in RESENTMENT.
It’s a giant we’ve all faced and it’s one that can sneak up on you. It approaches as a gentle giant but it can, in fact, be one of the most difficult to defeat. It’s the Giant of Loneliness.
Loneliness strikes in many ways but it always has the same goal: to separate you from God and those you love. You may think that I’m confused on this because if we are lonely, we should embrace not only God but those we love. Yep, you’d think that but it does just the opposite. That’s why it is such a dangerous giant.
On Sunday, we’ll look closely at the giant of loneliness; it’s causes and effects and some powerful ways to not only face but defeat this giant. To prepare for Sunday, read a powerful portion of Paul’s letter to Timothy, Chapter 4 verses 6-21. And then reflect on HEBREWS 13:1-3, 5-6 Then come to worship this Sunday prepared to tackle this giant!