*OCTOBER 16, 2016*


*OPENING PRAYERS:* Dear Lord, deliver me from falling into temptation.

12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16: Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25: But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

*MEMORY VERSE*: ” There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” *1 Corinthians 10:13*

*LESSON INTRODUCTION:* Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted *(Matthew 4:1; Hebrews 4:15)* This is why the Lord taught us to include in our daily prayer the petition. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

The actual sources of temptations are:
i. Satan – Matthew 4:1
ii. Flesh – James 1:14
iii. Evil Association – Proverbs 1:10
iv. Friends
v. Our lust – Matthew 16:22-23

*B. God may, however, allow temptation to come our way for the following reasons*:
i. To test our faith – James 1:2-3
ii. To test our obedience – Gen 22:1
iii. To test the depth of our love and sincerity of our testimonies.

*C. God is ever faithful to provide the way of escape. I Corinthians 10:13*

*CLASS ACTIVITY 1*: Identify nine [9] ways of overcoming temptation according to James 1:12-27.

*The avenues for temptations are listed below*:
i. Poverty or prosperity – Proverbs 30:9
ii. Discouragement – Psalm 42:11; 1Kings 19:4
iii. Pride (the case of Nebuchadnezzar’s fall) – Daniel 4:30, Isa14:14
iv. Pleasure, which led Demas astray – II Tim 4:10
v. Desire for power, which brought a curse on Simon Magus – Acts 8:19
vi. Material possessions that ruined Achan – Joshua 7:16-26
vii. Love of women, which ruined Solomon and caused the anger of God against David – Nehemiah 13:26; II Samuel 11:2-4
viii. Love of money, which led to the destruction of Judas Iscariot – I Tim 6:9; John 13:21-30

i. Temptations have origin/sources/factors
ii. Christians should follow the routes of escape from temptations, according to James 1:12-27

*CONCLUSION* – To be tempted is not a sin. However, to yield to temptation is a sin.

*EVALUATION* – Identify sources of temptations.

*CLOSING PRAYER* – Father, help me to stand firm against any temptation, in Jesus’ name.


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