“HOW TO CONQUER TEMPTATION!

Ephesians 6:10-18

I apologize for this being so long, lots of scripture.

One of the greatest needs in the Christian life is to know how to overcome bad habits, and temptation.

Because of the many comments and requests over the years I thought it would be appropriate for all our people to see the principles of overcoming daily temptations in the Christian life.

I believe this is one of the greatest truths we will ever learn and will without question change your life for the better if you will practice what is taught today. I would like to share this truth with you once again as we did for the very first time ten years ago.

That brings us to the first important truth:

I. VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION REQUIRES THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD VERSE 11.

A. The belt of truth in verse 14.

1 Pet 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

We have the freedom of truth as well as the strength of it. Here is a question to ask a parent or teen-age son or daughter: “Are you involved in any immorality?

Let me say this: Satan will surely have a foothold in their life if they are, and keep it from their parents.

B. The breastplate of righteousness verse 14.

Isaiah 59:17, “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

C. Feet shod with the preparation for peace verse 15.

D. The shield of faith verse 16.

Luke 7:9, “When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

E. The helmet of salvation v. 17.

1 Timothy 1:19, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”

1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Remember that the helmet protects your mind.

F. The sword of the spirit verse 17.

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

There are two offensive weapons in our warfare:

  1. The sword of the Spirit.
  2. The second is steadfast praying verse 18.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO OVERCOME INSECURITY,” CONCLUSION!

Read Matthew 14:22-33 again.
 
We addressed the FEAR OF SINKING, SUFFERING BUT NOW:
 
III. “A FULLNESS OF COURAGE.”
 
How can I overcome insecurity and know it? See 1 Peter 1:15-16 Total dedication. God expects us to be clean and Holy Colossians 3:1-17 and Romans 12.
 
Living a life of dependence is a long process. My confidence is in Him. “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.”
 
The evidence of your and Peters courage and confidence in Him is found in Acts 2:14, “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:”
 
Was this the same man, who was full of fear and doubt? Yes, same man, body but a new spirit.
 
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
 
To have this kind of courage takes some: STANDING, SPEAKING UP, SHARING, etc. Acts 4:13-20.
 
Then in 1 Peter 1:3-7 you will find the security of the new life. Let’s thank God for distress, trouble, and fears when they lead us to Jesus and we find comfort in Him.

“HOW TO OVERCOME INSECURITY” PART 2.

Matthew 14:22-33.
 
Peter, here had two fears which most Christians face this morning.
 
I. THE FEAR OF SINKING VERSES 23-27.
 
Also see Matthew 8:23-27 if time. Peter was beginning to sink. You might be sinking at this very moment: Satan always tries to sow his little doubts at times like this.
 
Satan will suggest. Why don’t you try something else for a change? Or he will suggest that you are getting pretty good. Or he will develop bitterness, jealousy, anger, etc.
 
II. THE FEAR OF SUFFERING 1 PETER 4:12-16.
 
In Matthew 16:21-26 Jesus told of His own suffering. Here Peter was beginning to see that his confidence was in a living person. What we believe about Christ determines how we respond to Him. If we do not recognize him as the Son of God, it is unlikely we will give Him the honor and devotion He deserves.
 
Peter clearly saw Jesus as the Promised Son of God. And, what a difference it made in his response: Because he had the right view of the Saviour, he yielded his life completely in Him.
 
Augustine said: “Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.”

“HOW TO OVERCOME INSECURITY!!

Matthew 14:22-33

Don’t try to explain away this great miracle. It came like all other miracles, by faith. Any faith that looks much on outward circumstances will fail. God is not bound by circumstances. PRAISE GOD!

It is wrong to have our faith dependent on circumstances. Rather, we should depend on God who is above all circumstances.

Our salvation does not depend on feeling: You are saved whether you feel like it or not. A lost man may feel good or even saved, but that does not mean he is. So let us put our dependence on Christ and His Word.

If He said to Peter, “Come,” then Peter had a right to expect Jesus to take care of him. Look at verses 22-23 again: This is great!

What a picture of our day: Jesus has gone to sit at the right hand of God the Father, while we are here in the midst of a storm tossed sea in a place of peril.

Verse 25, the fourth watch is about 3AM to daylight. I believe Jesus is coming again on the fourth watch. We do not know the date, but we can know the time and season.

Verse 26, You say preacher this guy is superstitious. Well, you might be too. I like what the fellow in Tennessee said, “I didn’t usta believe in ghosts neither, til I seen one.”

Look at verse 27, Jesus always brings cheer when He comes along.

Verse 28, This is quite a bold request by Peter, for which he has been criticized.

William Carey said, “Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.”
Look at verse 29, WOW!

And you say Peter had no faith? This is not a man of failure! No wonder God used him in such a great way in the book of Acts.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW CAN WE MAKE CHRIST SHINE IN OUR LIFE?”

How can we cause Christ to shine on our church – life?

Read Daniel 9:1-19 again.

I. SPEND MORE TIME READING AND PRAYING!

You say, preacher, I knew you would say that. Wonderful, now then let’s do it.

Four ingredients to prayer given by Daniel:

  1. Adoration verse 4.
  2. Thanksgiving verse 4.
  3. Confession verses 5-15.
  4. Petition verses 16-19.

II. AS STUDYING AND PRAYING – PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT HE IS SAYING.

Dr. Scofield said, “Prophetic study is intended to lead to a deeper spiritual life.”

What you do with the Bible determines what God does with you. And you make much of the Bible and God will make much of you.

III. TALK TO HIM A LITTLE MORE OFTEN TO HELP IN UNDERSTAND HIS WORD.

IV. CONTINUALLY LIVE IN HIS WILL AND SEEK TO PLEASE HIM DAY BY DAY.

V. IF NOT SAVED, RECEIVE HIM AS SAVIOUR

Daniel was truly concerned for Israel in verses 18-19.

“HOW TO MAKE THE FACE OF JESUS SHINE!”

Daniel 9:1-19, verses 17, “Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate.”

Comment on Daniel sitting and studying the book of Jeremiah and in particular 25:1-11.

Daniel was now 90 years old. Notice that God did not give him “visions and dreams.” He gave him His Word. Beware of those who have visions and dreams not consistent with the Word of God.

Chapter nine is the key to the prophecy in Daniel, and it is the most important prophecy concerning the end times and seventy weeks (490 years).

There are two different periods of time spoken of:

  1. The End Time.
  2. The Seventy Years captivity in Babylon.

As Daniel was studying the Word of God he found that there were only 2 more years in captivity, because he had been in for 68 years at this point. We know this because it was 68 years from Nebuchadnezzar to Darius in 539 BC. This of course caused Daniel to be very happy to say the least.

Then as he continued studying the Word of God he suddenly became burdened to pray. By the way, the two always go together: study and pray.

When you have a hard time understanding the Bible it is a warning that something may be wrong. It could be sin, if nothing else the sin of not praying.

Why did Daniel ask to go to Jerusalem when he already knew from Jeremiah that he would be delivered in two years?

Because God wanted him to find His will and then pray for it.

The same is true for us: He wants for us to find His will and then begin to pray. This is quite a truth! Most Christians are looking for His will without ever praying. It may be that they are in the perfect will of God, but do not recognize it because they fail to pray. Wow!

Obviously, this must have been a happy time in prayer for Daniel.

Daniel was burdened about the Sanctuary being desolate and asked God to shine upon it.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO MAKE CHRIST GREAT IN YOUR LIFE” CONCLUSION!

Read John 3:22-36.
 
As with Nicodemus, often, our problem is not so much conduct, as it is our condition. So, how can I make Christ great or number One in my life?
 
I. REALIZE ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM HIM VERSE 27.
 
James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
 
John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
 
II. RECOGNIZE CHRIST MUST BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE VERSE 28.
 
That is, He must be on the Throne. John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
 
III. REMEMBER ONLY HE CAN BRING JOY INTO YOUR LIFE VERSE 29.
 
IV. RECALL THAT ETERNAL LIFE COMES ONLY THROUGH HIM VERSES 31-36.
 
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
 
1. He is above all verse 31.
2. His testimony is true verses 32-33.
3.He has power to save verses 34-35.
4. You must believe verse 36.
 
Where does He fit in, in your life? Is He great and number