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Westside Care CenterTuesday, December 4, 2007
Prayer Principle 6A. Resolution 1B. Endure Temptations
The Consequences of Unconfessed Sin
From the Psalms: Physical aging, groaning, eye ailments, bone afflictions, weakened vitality, inflamation of body parts or organs, social ostracism and loneliness, distress.
Last time we concluded our Prayer Principle of Confession by looking into the Penitential Psalms and what they teach us regarding the consequences of unconfessed sins. They included both spiritual and emotional consequences in addition to the immediate reality consequences: bodily affliction, or physical.
We begin today the doctrine of Resolution and Prayer Principle 6A. The Christian life is a unique combination of "the Divine" and "the Human." In the Confession Doctrine (5A) we saw our need to confess coupled with God’s graciousness to forgive and then bless us. In this final principle we find a human responsibility to endure when temptation is presented, and to incorporate (or use) some tools God gives. But again these are coupled with a grace coming from Him to help us avoid falling into sin while we are susceptible to it. This is one of the great dynamic privileges of the believer– something angels nor other creatures of God can know. (Song, Holy, Holy is What the Angels Sing.")
From the Prayer Notebook:And do not lead us into temptation,
PS 19.13 6A. RESOLUTION – I acknowledge, O LORD, my proneness to yield to temptation, and to fail in trials that come to me, and through Your GRACE I resolve NOT to forsake You. [Song, Come Thou Fount: "Prone to wander"]
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
David's prayer. Prayer about Temptation is biblical. Prayer will help me resist. Though I may be a Son of God, I can still wander from the right way I should go. Though I do not loose my salvation, however, I can loose my testimony. (James 1.21)
Deu 4:9; Deu 23:9; Pr 4:23; Ac 15:29; 1Ti 5:22; Jam 1:27; 1Jo 5:21; Jude 1:21
(Special 9 exhortations to "Keep Yourself,") See also great transgression Ps. 19. esp. v.13-14.
"Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,
"When the army goes out against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
1 Tim. 5:22
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Ps. 19.  Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
JA 1.12-15,21; 1CO 10.13 1B. ENDURE Temptation – I recognize it is my responsibility to resist temptation to receive Your help in trials.
1 Cor. 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
The end of temptation is real. I must look for God's way of escape! James was written to "brethren" and his warning in v. 21 is not an admission the believer can lose his salvation, but an acknowledgment that sin has a real and devastating impact on the testimony [or, soul] of the believer. Making no provision for the flesh means removing every road it can take that will lead me away from God's will.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
The LIE; JN 8.44; RO 1.25; 2TH 2.10-11. These three passages contrast the lie with the truth! It is characterized as a scheme of the devil to oppose God: I must recognize "the lie." It appears throughout the world. [2Co 2:11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.]
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a [lit., the] lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
2 Thes. 2:10-11
and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,