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• WELCOME
• Deeper Life Studies
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Goal of this lesson: To teach how temptation
comes to us, and what we should do when
temptation comes our way.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• In the time you have been a Christian, there is little doubt that
you have faced temptation. It is possible that you have even
yielded to some temptation that has come your way. It is
important to realize that you will never outgrow temptation. As
long as you live for God, temptation will strive to destroy your
walk with God. Think about it like this: If you are being tempted,
Satan doesn’t have you yet. If you are never tempted to do
wrong, he probably already has you.
Lesson Seven
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Overcoming Temptation
Genesis 3:1-6
1: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had
made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of
the garden?
2: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the
garden:
3: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall
not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and
ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to
the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did
eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• I John 2:15-17
• 15: Love not the world,
neither the things that are in
the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.
16: For all that is in the
world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.
17: And the world passeth
away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of
God abideth for ever.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• A. Genesis 3:1-6 records the first temptation.
1 John 2:15-17. Compare these scriptures
Eve experienced:
• 1. The (lust of the eyes). She saw the tree was good to
look at.
• 2. The (lust of the flesh). She perceived it to be good
for food.
• 3. The (pride of life). She knew it would make her wise.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• James 1:13
• 13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am
tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted
with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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James 1:13. It is essential for
us to realize that there is a
difference between (trial)
and (temptation).
1. Discuss: Does God ever
tempt us? What does tempt
us?
2. Discuss: Does God allow
us to go through trials?
3. Discuss: What are some
trials that we may face?
4. Discuss: What purpose do
trials have?
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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• Matthew 7:24-27 the parable of the
two men who built
on the rock and
sand.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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Matthew 7:24-27
24: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a
rock:
25: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a
rock.
26: And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon
the sand:
27: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• What is the difference between the two men in
this story?
• Why are people tempted by different things?
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• James 1:13-15
• 13: Let no man say when
he is tempted, I am
tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with
evil, neither tempteth he
any man:
14: But every man is
tempted, when he is
drawn away of his own
lust, and enticed.
15: Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth
forth sin: and sin, when it
is finished, bringeth forth
death.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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James 1:13-15.
a. God doesn’t tempt us.
b. Every man is tempted.
c. Our lust (the word
means “desires”) is the
basis of our temptation.
• d. Lust results in sin.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• You Can Stand Above Temptation
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• A. Job was able to. When he had lost everything
and his wife encouraged him to curse God and
die, he refused to do so.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• B. The Spirit of the Lord will raise up a
standard against Satan. (Isaiah 59:19)
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Isaiah 59:19
• 19: So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the
west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When
the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the
LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• I Peter 1:6
• 6: Wherein ye greatly
rejoice, though now
for a season, if need
be, ye are in
heaviness through
manifold temptations:
• (Temptation precedes
rejoicing.)
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Ephesians 6:13. (To overcome we need the
whole armor of God.)
• 13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armor
of God, that ye may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• II Peter 2:9
• 9: The Lord knoweth
how to deliver the
godly out of
temptations, and to
reserve the unjust
unto the day of
judgment to be
punished:
• (God will deliver out
of temptation.)
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Pride sets us up to
be tempted.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• I Corinthians 10:12-14
• 12: Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest
he fall.
13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• How can we avoid
temptation?
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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1 Thessalonians 5:22.
22: Abstain from all appearance of evil.
(Tells us)
Stay away from the appearance of evil.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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James 4:7. By submitting to God and resisting the
devil.
• 1. Note that submission to God precedes resisting
the devil.
• 2. Only in submission do we start resisting the devil.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• James 4:7
• 7: Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
Ephesians 6:10-18.
What six things make up the whole armor of God?
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Ephesians 6:10-18
• 10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might.
11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having
on the breastplate of righteousness;
15: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God:
18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
saints;
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• 1. loins girt about with
truth
• 2. the breastplate of
righteousness;
• 3. feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel
of peace;
• 4. the shield of faith
• 5. the helmet of salvation,
• 6. the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Practical Advice
• 1. Matthew 26:4 1 “Pray that we enter not into temptation.”
• 2. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Stay away from anything that has
the appearance or potential for evil.”
• 3. What you look at opens the door to temptation.
Pornography, many romance novels, most movies, and
soap operas open the door to wrong thoughts. In computer
terminology - Garbage In, Garbage Out!
• 4. Be careful of what happens when you’re depressed or
under pressure. There are times when Satan will subtly
• send temptation your way.
• 5. Don’t get too big for God to deal with you.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• Matthew 26:41
• 41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into
temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
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What about when I sin?
A. l John2:1.
1. We are not to sin.
2. But if we sin, we have an advocate
(spokesman, attorney) with the father.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• I John 2:1
• 1: My little children,
these things write I unto
you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we
have an advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ
the righteous:
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• I John 1:9
• 9: If we confess our
sins, he is faithful
and just to forgive
us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.
Lesson Seven
Overcoming Temptation
• There are some sins that seem only to be
conquerable by an individual becoming
accountable to a mature Christian friend.
Situations like repeated temptation to sexual
misconduct, returning to addictive behaviors, and
such can best be dealt with by confession and
accountability. In accountability, the person
battling temptation asks a mature Christian to help
them be accountable on a regular basis. They
agree on how often they will meet (generally
monthly). They also agree on the questions that
will be asked by the mature believer.

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