Sermon: (November 1, 2015) “Tempting…But No”
Date: November 1, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Nehemiah 6:1-9
When it comes to temptation, we learn that will power alone is not enough! Never enough!
A very subtle but powerful temptation: the temptation to gloat.
“…we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”
Every time I go down to the plain of Ono, I bring to a halt the work God is doing on me.
The worst of such distracting temptations is that we get nothing of value in return, save the defeating discovery of our own weakness.
It is not that we do not see sin coming: it is that temptation veils the consequences of sin and appeals instead to the selfish agenda’s within us
Myths of Temptation:
- That temptation itself is sin.
- God is displeased with us when we are tempted.
- If we feel the temptation strongly, it is as if we had actually committed the sin.
- We ‘fall’ into temptation.
- Will power alone will get me over temptation.
- Just yielding once to temptation won’t hurt me.
- If I can beat it once, it will never trouble me again.
- Once I have yielded to temptation, I am forever relegated to a second class Christian life.
- If I was a real Christian, I wouldn’t even think such thoughts.
- When I become spiritually mature, I will no longer be bothered by temptation.
- I can overcome all temptation just by separation from it.
- I’m the only one who feels this way or is tempted this way.
“Now, was that worth the trouble you’re now in?”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to finally win it.”
–Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. –Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Rumor is a Classic:
1.It comes from an unnamed source.
2.It has unsubstantiated content.
3.It has unmistakable intention.
If you know who you really are and know that what you are doing is of God, then you can be sure that God can take care of your reputation.
“There are several good protections against temptation but the surest is cowardice.”