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Dr. Vincent G. Artese: Temptation Sermon Jam

 

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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.

 

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1New International Version (NIV)

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christhave received a faith as precious as ours:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prophecy of Scripture

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Peter 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
  2. 2 Peter 1:17 Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
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