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Sunday, 13 May 2012


(CFRA broadcast date: Sunday, May 13th, 2012)
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Broadcast Notes:
Lead Us Not Into Temptation’
Biblical Principle:
A Faith that cannot be tested cannot be ‘trusted’

Let’s recap what we have learned thus far:

1   The Didache

The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles,

·         The Didache makes it clear that the early Church always
used the Lord’s Prayer in its public worship services and
did not permit unbelievers to join in the praying.

·         The Didache encouraged all believers to pray the Lord’s Prayer three times a day.

The first half of the Lord’s Prayer is directed to God-
·         His Paternity                              Our Father
·         His Person                                 Holy is Your Name
·         His Program                               Your Kingdom Come
·         His Purpose.                              Your Will be done

Now we move to our need for
·         Provision                                    Give us today our daily bread
·         Pardon                                        Forgive us
·         Protection                                  Lead us
·         Preservation                              Deliver us

1   Lead us Not in Temptation

Does the ‘word’ temptation always mean to tempt us to do evil?

·         God does not tempt us to do evil

‘When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. 
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone;  but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.’                    James 1:13, 14

Ø  The Devil made me do it?
Ø  I wanted to do it?
Ø  God did not condone me doing it!

2   The word ‘Temptation’ also mean ‘testing’ or ‘trial’

The Fact is:
You and I are going to be tested.

Gen. 2:11
‘God tested Abraham’

Job 23:10
‘When He has tested me I will come forth as gold’

1 Timothy 3:10
‘They must first be tested’
Referring to the Office of Deacon

Jesus was tested as well
Matthew 4:1-11                     Heb. 4:14,15

Notice that the test was about ‘faithfulness’
The attack was focused on his ‘identity’

Let’s talk about ‘trials’

‘Consider it pure joy ….when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance’ 
James 1:2,3

‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.’ 
James 1:12

The word ‘persevere’ in the Bible means to take whatever trial you are going through and use it as a platform to bring glory to God.

A Faith that cannot be tested cannot be ‘trusted’

Adam and Eve
(Adam’s bride)

The first Adam plunged us into sin
The  2nd Adam, Jesus Christ delivered us from sin.

The Church is the Bride of Christ we are in fact the 2nd Eve

Abraham had to be tested before he could be trusted
Abraham and Isaac

Sarah died age 127
Abraham died 175

3   A ‘Truth Lesson’

The Bible says that:
Satan is a deceiver
Satan is the ‘father of lies’
John 8:44

Satan masquerades as an angel of ‘light’
2 Cor. 11:14

Here’s the truth for our generation

·         not all light is truth
·         Don’t lie to yourself

Even our spiritual leaders are prone to fall.

Billly Graham said:
‘75% of our finest leaders have fallen to sexual sin

We all fall when we lose focus, when we allow ourselves to get distracted. 

Six Lies that we tell ourselves and open
The Door for Temptation’s Trap:
1 Corinthians 10:12, 13

Ø  It couldn’t happen to me
Ø  I’m the only one
Ø  God’s abandoned me
Ø  I didn’t have a choice
Ø  It’s not my fault
Ø  The devil made me do it

Sodom is a picture of Sin
·         He saw                    Gen. 13:10
·         Moved close           Gen. 13:12
·         Moved into             Gen. 14:12
·         It moved into him   Gen. 19:1

4   Know who you are and where you are going.

If you haven’t entered into God’s Will and God’s Plan for your life then let me ask you this question.

Do you know who you are and where you are going?

Remember in Satan’s attack and time of tempting Jesus
Satan attacked his ‘faithfulness’ to God’s Word and His very ‘identity’

If you haven’t entered into God’s will and God’s plan for your life, let me ask you this question: “Do you know who you are, and where you are going?”

The year was 2000, in January, the leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favourite son; you know who he is, Billy Graham. They invited him to a luncheon in his honour. Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation. He was struggling with Parkinson’s Disease, at that time, in particular. But the Charlotte leaders said, “Billy, we don’t expect a major address from you. Just come and let us honour you.”

After wonderful things were said about Billy Graham, he stepped to the podium, and he looked at the crowd, and this is what he said: “Today, I’m reminded of Albert Einstein. The great physicist, who this month, has been honoured by Time Magazine as the ‘Man of the Century – Albert Einstein’”. He said, “Let me tell you a story about Albert Einstein. He was traveling from Princeton, on a train, where the conductor came down the isle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, he reached into his vest pocket; couldn’t find the ticket. He reached into his trousers’ pockets; couldn’t find the ticket. It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase, but couldn’t find it. He looked at the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’ Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the isle, punching the tickets. And, just when he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physician down on his hands and knees, looking under the seat for the ticket. The conductor rushed back and said, ‘D. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry. Don’t worry about it. I told you, I know who you are. There’s no problem. You don’t need a ticket, I’m sure you bought one.’ Einstein looked at him and he said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. But the fact is, I don’t know where I’m going.’”

Having said that, Billy Graham said, “Do you all see the suit I’m wearing? It’s brand new. It’s a brand new suit. O yes, my children and my grandchildren have been telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So, I went out and I bought this suit for this luncheon, and for one other occasion. Do you know what that other occasion is?”, he asked. “This suit, which I am wearing, is the suit that I will be buried in. And when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I am wearing. But I want you to remember this: I not only know who I am; I also know where I’m going!”

So again, my friends, do you know where you are going?

Would you pray with me?

Father: thank you. Thank you for speaking to us:  to this essence of who I am and where I’m going. Lord, would you lead me, guide me and allow me, Lord, even when I’m being tested, even when I go through trials, to look to you for my strength for my courage, for my encouragement. I want to say today, Father, that I do trust you. And today, Father, I want to count you as my Father in Heaven, and Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for me. Thank you for paying for my sins. Thank you for being my Saviour. Lead on, O King Eternal.
Lord, let me say this now: how much I love you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rev. Donald S. Crisp

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