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The Monday After Sunday, February 22, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Temptation
Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen continued the Pressure Points teaching sermon series by talking about The Pressure of Temptations, which he said, was really an extension of the pressure of trials message from the week prior.
We continued reading in the first chapter of the book of James:
“9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”
Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:
1.”We are tempted when we are offered something temporary. We go after things that don’t last … But the hunger comes back because the fulfillment we get from it fades. When we fail to put our hope in things eternal we try to find fulfillment in the temporary.” -Pastor Josh Petersen
2. The only way to struggle with temptation less is to desire God more.
This week, when you feel tempted:
1. Stop – identify the desire
2. Spot – place it appropriately and invest it wisely; temptation becomes an opportunity to express our desire for God.
3. Set – Set your eyes on God.
May God Himself give you the strength and courage to realign your heart and set it upon Him!