Lift our weary spirits, so we can find rest and eternal peace within you. May we stand on mountains and walk on stormy seas. Give us that unspeakable joy to dance in the rain. We surrender our all to You. May we understand Your role for us in this journey, Oh Loving Lord, and help us to see the purpose behind Your plan. Provide the grace, strength, and faith we need to take the next step to reach our destination. As we seek Your face, Lord guide us that we may walk and not faint.
With the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ loving name, Amen
This sermon jam titled “Temptation” comes from a sermon preached by Dr. Vincent G. Artese titled “The Mind of Christ”.
Christ never claimed that living for Him was going to be easy. His followers will be rejected; the world does not desire purity or godliness. A godly life will convict them and many will be determined to ignore God’s Word. Those who have been forgiven love God, and love is shown in obedience. Anyone who will be used by God will face persecution and trials. The path to Heaven is full of temptations that will always attack in the areas we have a liking or desire. When Satan tempts Jesus he does this and tries to make Christ distrust God’s provision and care only for Himself. When we face temptations we must walk by faith. Jesus commands us to pray that we may not enter into temptation. We will go astray and fall when trials come if we do not look to God alone. Human nature is weak, but God is able to supply our every need. When Christians face trials they are refined. Christ trusted in His Father, He lived a humble life and did not fall during the trials. Beware of any attitude of wanting to satisfy yourself whenever you want. Personal, fleshly ambitions are the cause of temptations. Sin is not an option! Personal ambition will only be overcome by those who are willing to suffer with Christ. Do not tempt God by looking for a shortcut or a way to compromise. Christ had to work through every test and temptation. We must get up and fight and be obedient through temptations and trials. Even your family can get in the way of you having the mind of Christ. God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation. It is painful when family and friends do not accept Christ, but we must remain focused on Christ.