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If you stay joined to me and my Word becomes a part of you, then you can pray for whatever you want and your prayer will be answered.

 -John 15:7

Jesus got up from praying and went over to his disciples. They were asleep and worn out from being so sad. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

-Luke 22:46

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People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?

-Proverbs 19:3

Don't blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn't use evil to tempt others.  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

-James 1:13-15

The Temptation Process:

D leads to d which leads to d which leads to d which ends in d .

Combatting Sin:

1. I must to God.

2. I must know .

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

-Psalm 119:11

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the
temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will also provide a way of escape so that you can endure it.

-1 Corinthians 10:13

3. I must envision the of sin.

4. I can’t myself from others who can help.

“We fear the consequences of confession because we have yet to experience the consequences of concealment.”

-Andy Stanley

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

-James 5:16

5. I must from temptation.

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

-2 Timothy 2:22

My Prayer:

Lord, I want to talk with you more so that I’m being tempted even less than I am now.

And when I tempted help me to once again turn to you and trust that you will help me find a way out without the temptation turning into sin.

I trust your Word and I want to live according to your will for my life so help me to run from temptation as quickly as possible.

Father, I ask this with confidence because I know this is a prayer you will always answer.

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How do you normally handle temptation? How did this message help with your future plans for handling it?

2. Are you surprised by how often Jesus prayed? How does knowing this impact your plans for prayer?

3. Which of the 5 ways of combatting sin are you weakest in?  What will you do about it? Who will hold you accountable?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?