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Source of Temptation

Source of Temptation
James 1:13-18

Sunday September 21st, we dive into James 1:13-18 with a message entitled – FAITH DOES: Source of Temptation – Born Identity.  James moves us from considering the impact of trials, tribulations, and challenges to our faith to considering the nature of temptations and their impact on our faith.  Temptations and trials are not the same thing.  They are different and impact our lives differently.  

Trials have the potential to grow our faith.  Temptations have a way of steering our faith into a ditch.  Trials are often events and realities that happen around us, to us, arriving in our life from outside happenings.  Temptations are often realities that we engage from desires that war within us.  Trials often are invitations to grow in faith.  Temptations are often invitations that simply need to be resisted.  Trails are an invitation to rise above the wind and waves of life… temptations that are engaged in tend to drag us under in their undertow.  

Scripture addresses trials and temptations in many different places from many different angles.  And James has his take on it too.  When it comes to trials and tribulations, it’s important to lean into our identity in Christ.  Is our identity rooted in our own sinful desires (born identity)?  Or is our identity in Christ (our reborn identity)? 

See you Sunday!
Pastor Mark  

Morgan’s notes from last Sunday’s message

Pastor Mark's Weekly Blog, Uncategorized

Temptation and Deliverance


We continue to explore Jesus prayer he taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (the evil one).”  (Matthew 6:13)  A prayer for deliverance from temptation and evil.  How are we to understand temptation?  Is it a prayer about a direct temptation to do evil?  Is it about some kind of trial, ordeal, or testing?  Or is it a prayer of deliverance from ‘the evil one’?

This prayer petition brings up other interesting questions: Does God actually lead someone into temptation?  If God were actually leading us into temptation wouldn’t he want us to be led there, why would we pray not to be led there?

All kinds of things to sort through this Sunday.  One thing is certain, Jesus teaches us to pray for help with these kind of things.  Again, its a prayer posture of humility, surrender and trust.  Notice, this prayer is a communal one, “Lead us… and deliver us…”  Resisting temptation is not a ‘go it alone’ walk through life.

And when it comes to temptation and deliverance the Bible identifies three enemies to watch out for: the devil, the world (spirit of this age), and our own sinful flesh.

Jesus teaches us how to pray in the call to humility, trust, and faith.  And he calls us to resist temptation within community and accountability relationships.  And finally, he calls us to live a proactive, disciplined, and free life in the power of his Spirit.