The Great Escape

1 Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 4:1-11

  • James 1:12-17
  • Matthew 15:10-11, 17-20

 Temptation is an inside job!

 Temptation = A real need + strong desire + possible doubt

The essence of sin: Doing things our own way because we don’t trust God. 

Temptation is an inevitable part of the human experience

  • 1 John 2:15-16

World = the systematic rejection of God’s rule of a society that exalts self-rule as the pinnacle of human flourishing.

  1. Desires of the flesh
  2. Desires of the eyes
  3. Pride of life

Every temptation we experience is in one of these three areas.

  • Genesis 3:6
  • Matthew 4:1-11
  • Hebrews 4:15-16

Where Adam and Eve failed, Jesus succeeded.

Jesus so believed in the deepest core of His being that God was good, and that only God could truly satisfy the desires of His heart, that temptation lost its power over Him.

  • Deuteronomy 8:3
  • Deuteronomy 6:16
  • Exodus 17:1-7

Jesus was so utterly convinced of the goodness of God that He refused to doubt it even in the wilderness.

  • Mark 8:36-37

Even though God allows us to undergo temptation, He does NOT allow us to be overwhelmed by it.

  •  Hebrews 4:15-16
  • Proverbs 27:7
  • Philippians 3:7-8