Temptation

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This is an old gospel song about temptation called “Farther Along”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiiOesYrGo

Yield not to temptation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGrlO8ntOQk

Temptation comes in many forms, some of which comes from the prosperity preachers.  We are in tribulation and temptation is hitting true Christians hard as an attempt by the evil one to get more souls to fall away from the Lord.  Luke-warm Christians and those that merely profess to be Christians because they attend church on Sundays, can easily be led right into the depths of hell by their misguided preachers.  Preachers and teachers will be held accountable for their actions.  So many leaders are preaching man’s gospel instead of the true word of the Lord.   All of us need to daily seek guidance from the Holy Spirit, talk to Jesus, ask for our sins to be forgiven, pray and live in the word.   Many distractions bombard us from all directions (family, friends, church members, preachers, teacher, neighbors, television, radio, strangers) and we need to be strong in our faith to overcome these things.

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1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].

Psalm 68:28

Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation]; Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf.

Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Grant Your strength [Your might and the power to resist temptation] to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid.

That you may exercise discrimination and discretion (good judgment), And your lips may reserve knowledge and answer wisely [to temptation].

Let your way [in life] be far from her, And do not go near the door of her house [avoid even being near the places of temptation],

[ The Temptation of Jesus ] Then Jesus was led by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

If your right eye makes you stumble and leads you to sin, tear it out and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

If your right hand makes you stumble and leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’

[ Stumbling Blocks ] “Woe (judgment is coming) to the world because of stumbling blocks and temptations to sin! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person on whose account or through whom the stumbling block comes!

“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble andsin, cut it off and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire.

If your eye causes you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life with only one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fiery hell.

Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

If your hand causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It is better for you to enter life crippled, than to have two hands and go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,

If your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It would be better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell,

If your eye causes you to stumble and sin, throw it out [that is, remove yourself from the source oftemptation]! It would be better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,

Keep [actively] watching and praying so that you do not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

When the devil had finished every temptation, he [temporarily] left Him until a more opportune time.

Those on the rocky soil are the people who, when they hear, receive and welcome the word with joy; but these have no firmly grounded root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation they fall away [from Me and abandon their faith].

‘And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us]. And lead us not into temptation [but rescue us from evil].’”

[ Instructions ] Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks [temptations and traps set to lure one to sin] are sure to come, but woe (judgment is coming) to him through whom they come!

When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”

and He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not fall into temptation.”

Then let us not criticize one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block or a source of temptation in another believer’s way.

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep your eyes on those who cause dissensions and create obstacles or introduce temptations [for others] to commit sin, [acting in ways] contrary to the doctrine which you have learned. Turn away from them.

But because of [the temptation to participate in] sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

Only be careful that this liberty of yours [this power to choose] does not somehow become a stumbling block [that is, a temptation to sin] to the weak [in conscience].

Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation].

No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtakenor enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].

So whoever rejects and disregards this is not [merely] rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you [to dwell in you and empower you to overcome temptation].

But those who [are not financially ethical and] crave to get rich [with a compulsive, greedy longing for wealth] fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction [leading to personal misery].

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one.
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