A Sneak Preview – How Can I Resist Temptation?? – TEMPTATION [4]

I don’t know about you, but as I start to read books, magazines, etc. questions start to pop-up in my mind.  Questions such as, yeah but what about…? Or, good to know, but now what do I do with this info…? And for me a big question knocking at the door of my psyche right now is whether or not it’s possible to resist temptation.

If you’ve had the chance to read What Gives You the Willies??  –  TEMPTATION  [1] http://wp.me/p5nZpi-vx, you would have seen near the end of the post, I wrote a number of points I am planning to blog about over the next few weeks.  You may have also noticed, that the point – Is it possible to resist temptation? is near the end of the topics covered.

So I’ve decided to give you a sneak peek into the question, Is it possible to resist temptation? so that you can begin resisting temptation today!! 🙂

 

WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M TEMPTED TO DO SOMETHING I KNOW IS WRONG:

I CAN CONSCIOUSLY MAKE A CHOICE:

I can choose to follow God’s ways vs. the temptation.

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I can ask God to strengthen me, and give me courage to conquer my temptation.

                                   phil 4-13

 

***DO NOT CHOOSE THE OPTION BELOW***

I can choose to follow ungodly ways, giving Satan permission to enslave me.

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REMEMBER:

Be on guard, and above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23
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Protect yourself, hide the Word in your heart, so that you will not sin against God. – Psalm 119:11

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** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

Where Does My Desire to “Push the Envelope” Come From??  –  TEMPTATION [3],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ws

Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong??  –  TEMPTATION [5],   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-xt

 

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ALL Our “Needs” Will Be Met :) – Joy in Giving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 4) [11 of 11]

This post wraps up Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Before Paul explains how we can experience Joy in Giving, he gives his readers a couple of important reminders…

—–  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. – Phil. 4:4-5

—- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 1. prayer and supplication (humbly asking or begging another to provide something) 2. with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And = the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –  Phil. 4:6-7

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Then Paul reminds his readers that they should focus their mind and thoughts on…

whatever is…

  •  true,
  • honorable,
  • right,
  • pure,
  • lovely,
  • commendable,

IF there is any excellence and IF anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. –  Phil. 4:8

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Lastly, Paul thanks the people of Philippi for their generosity.  He points out to them, that no other church gave him financial help when he brought them the Good News.  – Phil. 4:15-16

Although Paul says in verses 11-13,  …  I am not speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 

Nevertheless, Paul is appreciative and grateful for the Philippians care of him – Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. –  Phil 4:14

Let’s flip back a couple of books in our Bible from Philippians to 1 Corinthians.  In 1 Corinthians, Paul clearly sets an expectation for those who are receiving and benefiting from being taught the Gospel.  We have planted good spiritual seed among you.  Is it too much to ask, in return, for mere food and clothing?  If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?  …The Lord gave orders that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.  –  1 Corinthians 9:11-12,14

 

SO HOW WILL I EXPERIENCE THE JOY IN GIVING?

Paul says, here is God’s promise to those who are generous.

This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  –  Phil 4:19

So God taught Paul two important lessons which he passes along to us…

  1.   How to be content in any circumstance.
  2.   He, God, is the provider of ALL our material and spiritual “needs”.

                                               god supplies our needs

 

IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THE PREVIOUS PHILIPPIANS POSTS, SEE THE LINKS BELOW:

Want to Know a Secret??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Introduction)  – [1]  –   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mp

Really??  There Can Be Joy In Suffering??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 1a)  –  [2]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mF

Blessing and Being Blessed 🙂  –  Joy in Serving  –  PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2a)   [4]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-nA

Yeah, but I’ve Got the “Creds”!!  –  Joy in Believing –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 3a)   [8]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-sk

 

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