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Lecture 37-38                                      Temptation: John Owen

 

 

Temptation  ձ

 

A.  The Saviors warning against temptation DCqձĵi

 

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yZJձz NORgovաM O̦MIgC

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Two types of temptationظձR

1.     The good kind that God uses is trial; it is also called test.

Ĥ@ظձOnMγo yշz bڭ̨WC

a.     Why does God test? nշҧڭ̡S

                                                              i.     Helps believers to know about his spiritual health.

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1.     Either he is encouraged by fruits that God produced, or

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2.     He becomes alert of the weaknesses that are manifested.

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                                                            ii.     Helps believer to know more about God.

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1.     Learn that we can only handle things through the grace of God.

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b.     Ways of testingշڭP覡

                                                              i.     God tests people by giving duties that are beyond their own resources.

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                                                            ii.     God tests people by permitting them to suffer for their faith.

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                                                           iii.     God tests believers by allowing them to meet false teachers or false teaching.

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1.     Test the believers loyalty toward God.

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2.     The evil kind of temptation that Satan uses.

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a.     This type of temptation is designed to lead a person to sin, and God is never the author of that. 

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b.     Who are the tempters?ָձHS

                                                              i.     The devil ]

1.     Put evil or blasphemous thoughts into ones mind.

      bڭ̪߫mcpQC

a.     One has sinned only if he believes, and ponders in these thoughts.

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                                                            ii.     The world (including worldly people) @

1.     The devil often uses the bait of some attraction of the world to persuade a person to sin.

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                                                           iii.     The flesh (i.e. selfish desire) ]ۧڪ^

1.     Devil works through a persons desires in order to tempt him.

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Christian, on guard! {MT

Temptations bring great harms.  ձaӲjˮ`C

    1. A major aim of temptation is to lead a person into sin, which will harm the spiritual health of a believer.

ձ@ӭnؼСMNOޤHǸoCӥǸo|ˮ`H{FRC

 

  1. Varieties of temptation
    1. Anything that hinder to implementation of the will of God.

dڭ̬XNơC

    1. Anything that provokes or encourages a person to sin.

Eڭ̡MEyڭ̥hǸoơC

                                                    i.     Almost any desire could be a source of temptation.  It is not sinful in itself to want such things as an easy life, friends, a good standard of living, a good reputation, etc, but if one put them above the Lord, sin has knocked on the door. 

th󪺼泣iOձӷC@榳oǪF - ҦpΪAͬMnB͡MuͬǡMnnA -

OǸoCLڭ̧oǨƩbeMoNڭ̤FC

 

 

B. Temptation V handle with care! ձ - ԷVT

 

Ponder on the danger of temptation by considering two phrases in the New Testament.

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  1. To enter into temptation (Matthew 26:41).

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    1. When temptation gets past the door and enters into the room of our heart, then we enter into temptation. 

ձضiءMiJڭ̪ߩЮɡMڭ̤wgiJձFC

    1. It means to experience a usual degree of the captivating power of temptation. 

NORgձxڭ̥ͩROqC

    1. It is easy to dismiss a salesman when he is knocking, but when he gets  past the door, it would be much harder.

P٦bnɡMڵLeCiOLiMNohFC

    1. Its sources

ձӷR

                                                    i.     Satans power from the outside.

b~aOq

1.     By intimidation.

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a.     Like Deny Christ, or die!

ҡR{D}MMAnT

2.     By attraction

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                                                  ii.     Indwelling sins power (sinful desire) from the inside.

qڭ̸̭Ro(c) OqC

1.     It is like a traitor who live inside of the human kind.

NbHC

2.     It takes side with the tempter, and persuades one to give in.

Lbձ̪@M廡ڭ̧뭰C

  1. The hour of temptation (Revelation 3:10).  (Code Red, Code Red!!!!)

ձɭ (ҥܿ3R10) ROGFT

    1. When the captivating power of temptation reaches the height of its strength.  (When the f (t), function of temptation, is at the point when its first derivative is zero, and its second derivative is less than zero, please laugh).

ձxڭ̥ͩROqF찪pɡC

    1. Ways that brings temptation to its hour.

ձpF찪骺@C

                                                    i.     When Satan frequently present the same temptation to ones mind to make it dull to that particular sin.

g`Y@ظձbڭ̪Q̡MnЧڭ̹墨ظo¤_ӡC 

                                                  ii.     When a person is not responding to a brothers sin with hatred, and pity toward that person, but with envy. 

̥SǸoɡMڭ̨ScoMSiǸo̥SMϦӹLC

                                                 iii.     When temptation is hidden by other consideration that is good in themselves. 

ձæbOҼ{RoǦҼ{OnMTC

1.     Like getting a good grade in itself is not a sin, but cheating, and pride are. 

ҦpRҸձoOǸoCiOMźƤDOoC

    1. The time of the hour has come. ձɨFC

                                                    i.     Whenever temptation presses on all sides (from within and without) to gain the consent of the will to sin.

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                                                  ii.     When temptation combines the power of fear with the power of attraction.         

ձXߪդOPlޤOդOӧڭ̪ɭԡC

                                                 iii.     (Note V When one enter into temptation, it is hard to get out.  When the time of temptation has come, it is almost impossible to get out, except when God has given the strength to do so). 

]`NRڭ̶iJձɭԡMNXӡCձɨ{ɡMNthiXӡMDOq}C^

 

  1. To avoid harm from the experience of temptation.           

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    1. Need to watch

                                                    i.     To watch means to be on guard, to take heed, to consider to strategy of the enemies that can be used to overwhelmed you with temptation. 

NNOM`NMҼ{ĭ̪ޭp/Me̦pHձ޻JAڭ̡C

    1. Need to pray ëi

                                                    i.     This is the means by which one can receive Gods help to watch as a person should, and to resist Satans advances.

oOҽ窺kMHoUMϧڭ̺ɧڭ̪M׼iC

    1. WATCH AND PRAY TO KEEP OUR SOUL FROM TEMPTATION.

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C. Why be so serious about temptation?򶷭nձ{u?

 

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Ĥ@ӲzѡCDCqDAձOMIA͢bDëإ]AGysڭ̹JձAϧڭ̲cCzڭ̭nDfϧڭ̡C

ĤGӲzѡC\GZJձAQfϲNӥ@ɭn諸շҡC

ĤTӲzѡCZJձGOƪC

墨ǥ~{AiOHߨSڪHG

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iHqmtgnؤPt{ͩRݥXGt{OheZJ

ձAMǤjoAŪoҾڹbڭ̶ˤߡC

so it is foolish to go into temptation willingly. 

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ĥ|zѡGձOqCHOnzA]ݭn{uձGAëiC

ڭ̦}SOסyձɨzCڭ̭YHۤv߬OM䪺A׸ձAڭ̬OMC

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  1.  Is the effort necessary? Yes. VOܡSOC

 

ڭ̥zpAwƤPշҦӳ߼֡C

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ڭ̷MӬqӪձ߼֡I

ڭ̤inCqˡAձᤴMSl`CiOڭ̥קKZJձC

\ڭ̦bJձɦOFo\OMɤOקKձӤMձH\C

{ZJoAӬaģߩȡC

ZJձAܧڭ̻ݸoC

{n@ӤHAέRF@WQfCLYۺ@IA]HۤviHۤOa쩤WAO@ӷMHܡH

 

 

E. What are the symptoms when one is entering into temptation?

@ӤHiJձɡMHS

 

HwgǸoɡALwgZJձFC

@ӤHDiJձAM^MZJoCY@NJA@oAdNAO򻤴bۤviJoAMHקKظձؼСC

ձYOjӦOAα``_ܡAnۤvFwhAo˯MDۤvO_wgZJձC

@ӤHǸoObۤvOAiOoPZJձPC

 

and temptation is like a powerful wind that blows on that stream.   

Ǹon@eAyij]ڪ`^FӸձnjAjboeWC

HbeWp]Ǹo^AӤܿšAߪeNyij]ڪ`^AiOYj]ձ^hV|A]pi٨Sj]ڷ`^HewgIJGA}}C 

@ӤH}lRWձMKձMձ|ɡMLwgiJձC

HYo{b@رp̡RLc榳|MLS[WyhCoɥLwgiJձC

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ڭ̧@{ȡMɭPFRnzC

ڭ̥DMibqΦWɤFMiOڭ̪ߤONHQb߸̨SuͩR--oɧڭ̤wgiJձFC

 

 

  1. How can we keep out of temptation? pקKiJձ?

 

  1. Need to watch
    1. Make an effort to understand and feel how dangerous it is to enter into temptation because sin and temptation are put together by Satan and it is extremely hard for any man to separate them.

nVO{ѡMPRiJձOh򪺦MIC]oMձD]s_ӪMsH⥦̤}C

    1. Temptation could mean going to certain places, hanging out with certain people, etc.

ձiORhYǦaMPYǤHB͡C

    1. If you despise temptation, it will conquer you. If one is sensitive and watchful here, half the work of avoiding entrance into temptation is done. 

AYƵձMձԳӧACHYbo譱ӷPMMձ\Ҥwg@F@bC

 

  1. Need to pray. ëiC
    1. Have no confidence in our own strength, for we have none.  Pray against entering into temptation as to pray for help once we have entered into temptation. 

iHaۤvOqA]ڭ̤OqSIëiADڭ̼ZJձANbZJձɨDϤ@˨򭢤C

                                                    i.     Believers can be sure that those who pray out of the knowledge of their own weakness will not be put to shame.

H{DAY]DۤvnzëiAXۡC

                                                  ii.     If one is aware of his need, and looking to God to supply it, he will be careful to apply himself to what God has appointed for his preservation. 

ڭ̭YD]ı^ۤvnzAVWҨDUAL|dNhǯΨӫOuڭ̪ơC

 

  1. Have faith. HߡC
    1. Have faith in the promise of the Lord.

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                                                    i.     If one trusts Gods promise and prays for preservation God will either keep us from entering into temptation or He will provide a way of escape.

HYHa\ADOuۤvAϧڭ̤ZJձAΪ͢ڭ̤@XC

 

  1. More.٦ơC
    1. Believing that God can preserve us is not enough.  God means us to pray for that preservation and God wants us to continue in prayer, praying always (Ephesians 6:18).

۫H|Ouڭ̬OCnڭëiAD͢OuۤvAnڭ̤aëi]6G18^C

    1. Every day one should specifically pray for preservation from temptation.

ڭӨCëiADOuۤvAϧڭ̼ZJձC

    1. If one learns to pray with a real conscious sense of needing Gods help, he will experience deliverance. 

ڭ̭YǷ|uNѨۤvݭnUAHo˪ߺAëiܡAڭ̷|g쯫fϧڭ̡C

    1. If one refuses to pray, he shall constantly falling into sin. 

ڭ̭YڵëiAڭ̥M``ZJoC

 

 

G. What are we watching for?  (Time to watch out, when to watch?)

ڭ̭nbǨƤW?

 

  1. Watch for unusual outward prosperity

nS~bרC

    1. Unless God gives special supplies of grace, prosperity in itself is a temptation in two ways.  It is likely to provide opportunity for the sinful desires of man to grow; and, the devil knows how to use it for his advantage. 

DSMMIΥO譱ձCܯ൹H|Q]]`pδIΨӹFeتC

    1. The believer can rejoice in prosperity (Ecclesiastes 7:14), but he must never forget that prosperity brings very real danger that needs to be carefully watched and prayed against.

H{Iήӳ߼ (ǹD7R14)MOLiѰOMIαa

ܯuMIMnpߦaëiHC

 

  1. A sleepy spiritual state. FRpIήɡC
    1. Believers may be spiritually sleepy and unwilling to rouse themselves to active communion with Christ.   They are likely to bring upon themselves heartache and pain.  In many such cases the believer never fully recovers the spiritual vitality he once enjoyed. 

H{ibFRWIΡA@ۤvAnP˪Co˫ܥiରۤvۨӵhWCܦhɭԡAH{_HeɨFOC

    1. Self examination ۧڬٹC

                                                    i.     Are you benefiting from the Bible as you used to?

AO_n@ˡMŪgoUS

                                                  ii.     Is your zeal cold?

AߧNoFܡS

                                                 iii.     Are you becoming negligent in the duties of prayer and hearing of the Word of God?

ASëiMťܳodzdS

                                                 iv.     Are you growing weary of the Christian life?

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                                                   v.     Is your love and delight in the people of God growing faint and cold?  Is the love changing from spiritual to carnal?

AH{̪RߦS}lNHSARߡMO_qFRܦݦ骺RS

 

  1. Great spiritual enjoymentɨ״IF֮ɡC
    1. In times of spiritual blessing one needs to be especially watchful or a blessing may become a curse.

oF֤ɭԡAڭ̯SOnA]֥iܦGAC

    1. If a person boasts of such experience of the love of God filling his soul, yet lives a worldly life, he is self-deceived and in danger of even greater deception.

ڭ̭Y]RRڭ̪ߦӦ۸ءAPɹL@سgR@ɪͬAڭ̬OۤvFۤvAܦMIAiୱj۴ۡC

 

  1. Self-confidence. ۫HC
    1. If one is wise, he shall have no confidence in himself, but put all his confidence in the keeping power of God. 

HYzANoi۫HAӧ@HߩbOuڭ̪jWC

Ĥ@BMNODbƤWnCڭ̦bǮɭԳ̦MIM̮eZJձANbǮɭC

 

 

H. How can we guard our hearts against temptation?  (Things to watch out)

ڭ̦p󨾳Ƨڭ̪ߡMձS (n)

 

OuAߡC (e4R23)

 

  1. Get to know you own heart. nѧAߡC
    1. The better we know the strengths and weaknesses of our personality and temperament the better we can guard our hearts.  We also need to know our own specific sinful desires, and spiritual weaknesses.  (We need to know our weaknesses, so we can guard against them)

ڭ̶V{ѧڭ̦ۤvʪjzIMNVOuڭ̪ߡCڭ̤]{ѦۤvWSMFnzC{MۤvnzM~ണC

    1. Take time to study your own nature, and do not justify your evilness, and weaknesses.

@Ǯɶh{ѧAʡCnAcMnzǤfC

    1. Be thankful to any friend who is willing to tell you your weaknesses.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6).

n@NXAnzBͷP¡C

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  1. Guard your weaknesses. nMuAnz譱C
    1. One must know the ways in which temptation would take advantage of his weaknesses, and to avoid them.  

ڭ̥DAձkӧQΧڭ̪nzCקKoǨơI

    1. Remember not to judge the others because no two people will have to avoid exactly the same things.  In another word, something may be a temptation to one, but not to the other.

OoAn_OHA]SӤHOP˪ƪC@ơAYYHOձAOt@ӤHoOձC

    1. One must try his best to avoid temptation, but if he still gets in to it, he must trust God to keep him. 

ڭ̥ɤOקKձAiOYMiJձAHaӫOuڭ̡C

 

  1. Store the heart with provisions against temptation.

bߤn`ƹwձC

    1. Why? ?

If Satan, the prince of this world, comes and finds us prepared and equipped to resist him, he not only departs, but as James says, he will flee from us (James 4:7).

Aoӥ@ɪAYӨAo{ڭ̳ƦӾԨөרeAe|}AӥBnmUѡnһA|ڭ̡C

    1. What to store? ns?

                                                    i.     Store up an awareness of the love of God in Christ.

nsڭ̹ﯫb̪RӷPC

Store up the provision of the law and the fear of death, hell, and punishment, with the terror of the Lord in them.

nsߪkMns了BaBg@BMYߡC

                                                  ii.     Store up an awareness of the love of God in Christ, a knowledge of the eternal purpose of his grace; a delight in the blood of Christ, and his love in dying for us. 

nsﯫbRNѡCnsﯫë媺p{ѡCns_M͢˩RRR}P߮C

                                                 iii.     The Greek word translated guard is a military word that could be translated shall keep as in a garrison. 

Rþ媺NOR

1.     Garrison is a place exposed to enemies, but it is safe from the enemies.

SGOĤHiH𥴡AioOwC

2.     Our souls are also exposed to temptation and assaulted continually; but if they are kept in the garrison of Gods peace, temptation will not enter, and, as a result, we will not enter into temptation. 

ڭ̪F_|ձMCYbҽ窺wSءAձiJA]ڭ̤|ZJձC

 

  1. Keep alert at all times. ``C
    1. Christian must be on the alert for the first signs of the approach of temptation. 

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    1. Many fearful temptations have begun its course in a deed of thoughtfulness or kindness.  One thing has led to another and before the person knows it he is involved in a temptation that is too great for him. 

ܦhƪձ}lAuLO@@󤯷OơC@ɭP@FbSıɡAwgiJ줣ӹLձFC

    1. The devil delights in bringing evil out of good.

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  1. Consider where temptation leads. nDձޭPBT
    1. One needs to remind himself repeatedly of his enemies, and to hate them (it is okay to hate these two enemies).

_ۤvAڪĬO֡F٭nce̡C]coӤĬO諸C^

                                                    i.     The traitor, which is the sinful desires from the inside.

ڭحXڭ̪ANOحǸoC

                                                  ii.     The devil from the outside.

q~Ӫ]C

1.     Remember that Satan desires more than to tempt one to sin.  His ultimate desire is to ruin ones soul. 

OoA̳wANOձڭ̥ǸoCeܲתؼСANOڭ̪FC

 

  1. Use the shield of faith against temptation.

ΫHߧ@޵PM׸ձC

    1. Dont make agreement with temptation, but resist by knowing that Christ died because of sins.

iPձM͡F{ѰobQr[WGHuzܡC

    1. In this case, faith helps one to resist temptation by relying on Christs death and remembering his love in willingly being crucified and enduring great agonies for our sins. 

bpAHUڭ̩׸ձGHߨ̾aAOo͢jRCۺ@ڭ̪oQvQr[AԨjhWC

 

  1. What happens if I have failed? ڥѮɫS
    1. Never forget that God can make the temptation go away.  Pray against the temptation, until it departs or God has renewed your strength to resist and overcome it. 

äiѰOAϸձ}ڭ̪Cnëi׸ձA쥦}AΪ쯫AAOqөܡAJAC

    1. Flee to Christ, who knows all about temptation.  He will sympathize and come to your help. 

bVMzѸձC͢Pڭ̡MUڭ̡C

    1. Look confidently to Him who has promised deliverance, for God never fails.

HߦaM͢w\nfϧڭ̡CäHC 

                                                    i.     God can send an affliction that will deaden the particular sinful desire.

iHt@حW{MӨc¤C

                                                  ii.     He can alter the whole situation from which the temptation comes.

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                                                 iii.     He can tread down Satan under your feet.

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                                                 iv.     He can give you such supplies of grace that you are preserved from being defeated. 

iHA״IMOuܥѡC

                                                   v.     He can give you such comfort in the assurance that good will come through the temptation, so that you will feel refreshed in the midst, and not be harassed by it. 

͢൹AwAATڡADձNAnGAӧAb׸ձsoOAQzZC

                                                 vi.     He can remove it and make you a complete conqueror. 

iHhձMϧAoӡC

    1. Find out!!!  VOXӨsӡT

                                                    i.     Find out how temptation managed to get into your soul. 

Ano{AձpiAFءC

                                                  ii.     If you do fail, confess and mourn before the Lord. Trust God to forgive you, and restore you. 

AYѡAnbeӻ{A~ˡCHajKAA_AP͢tC

 

 

I. What happens if you do not watch and pray?

AëiɡM|?

 

ձޭP`C]\Hu۫HoƹM{uҼ{ձޭPBɡML̷|nnëiT

 

  1. Jesus says, watch and pray. CqMnëiC
    1. You may have received much grace in the past; you may have enjoyed wonderful experiences; you may have made great resolve to stand firm.  None of these will preserve you from falling unless you prayerfully watch. 

AibLhgjFAiɨL_gFAiിgɧAOqMӭjCodzOuA^˪ADAëiAC

    1. Do not presume on the Lords continued goodness.  Wake up, be thankful for his tenderness and patience, and start watching before it is too late.

iHw~VAICı_ӡI͢OdAԭ@P͢CήAM|ӿFC

 

  1. Jesus Christ is always watching you.

CqCɨC賣ݦuAC

    1. Jesus sees all, and what do you think He feels when he sees a temptation hastening towards you and you are fast asleep?

CqOLҤA͢bųC͢Yݨձ{AӧAbIΡAAQ͢PpH

    1. When Jesus lived on this earth he considered his temptation while it was still on its way.  He said, the prince of this world is coming.  He has no hold on me (John 14:30b).  Dare we be negligent, having his example and knowing that he is watching us.

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  1. God disciplines those who refuse to watch and pray.

|ޱШǩڵëiHC

Falling into sin is bad, but God may add to the consequences of the sin with some discipline or judgment because of your negligent in fighting temptation. 

                        ZJ̸oOnơAO|boGA[WޱЩμfPA]

AbPձ檧WFC

 

 

 

 

 

A last word̫᪺

 

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