How do I deal with temptation?

Read James 1:14-15:   

14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.  15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.


Read 1 John 5:3-5

3 For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands.  Now His commands are not a burden, 4 because whatever has been born of God conquers the world.  This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.  5 And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?                                                                                                                                                                             

Read 1 John 1:7-9:

7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.     


Retell the Passage:

  • According to James 1:14, what causes people to be tempted to sin?

  • Then in James 1:15, what grows from our desires?

  • How does James 1:15 describe not just thinking about sin, but acting on sin?

  • According to the end of James 1:15, what is birthed after sin is fully grown (sin put in action)?

  • According to 1 John 5:3, what is equated with love for God?

  • In 1 John 5:3-4, why aren’t God’s commands a burden?

  • According to the end of 1 John 5:4, what gives us victory over sin in our lives?

  • According to 1 John 5:5, who are able to overcome sinful desires?

  • According to 1 John 1:7, when we live like Jesus, how does it affect our relationships around us?

  • In 1 John 1:8, what are the descriptions of people who say they have no sin?

  • According to 1 John 1:9, what does God want you to do when you sin?

  • Also in 1 John 1:9, what does God do when you confess (admit and ask for forgiveness) your sins?

Relate the passages:

  • What does it mean to confess your sin?

  • What hope does John give you when you don’t experience victory over sin?

  • How does unconfessed sin affect your relationship with God?

  • What sin do you need to confess?

  • Where do my temptations come from?

  • Reread James 1:14-15 and describe the process of sin as it grows in our lives. 

  • What is a major source of temptation for you?

  • How can your daily relationship with Jesus help you overcome temptations?

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