CHOSEN TO BE FRUITFUL

Sub-Topic: Temptation and Trial
TEXT:            James 1:1-25; 1 Peter 1:6-7
Memory Verse:    James 1:12

INTRODUCTION
God created man perfectly into the Garden of Eden where there was neither sin nor suffering, however a Being was sent to earth from heaven who is angry and seeks for the destruction of man; 1Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:7-12.

WHAT IS TEMPTATION AND WHAT IS TRIAL?
TEMPTATION can be described as a situation whereby man is being drawn, enticed and bait by his own desires or lust James 1:14. While
TRIAL is the testing of one’s faith; either by persecutions Hebrews 11:34-37 or tribulations; to determine how strong one’s faith is.

IS MAN BEING TEMPTED OR TRIED BY GOD?
Temptation: NO, men are being tempted by devil through the flesh. James 1:13-14, Luke 11:4
Trails: God allows believers to be tried to test faith in us and to build us up 1Corinthians 10:13, 1Peters 1:6-7

INSTACES OF TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS
– Joseph Genesis 39:7-13;
– Jesus Matthew 4:1-10;
– Samson Judges 13, 16;
– David had both 1 Samuel 19, 2 Samuel 12:3-4.

HOW DO WE OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS AND TRIALS?
– Flee every appearance of evil 1Thess 5:22
– Relying on God for strength James 4:7, Phil 2:12-13
– Yielding to the Holy Spirit Gal. 5:16, 25
– Renewing the mind and mortifying the flesh Rom 12:2,  Rom 8:10-13
– Word of God James 1:21
– Praying Luke 22:40, 46

SIGNIFICANCE OF OVERCOMING TRIALS AND TEMPTATION
– When we face trials, our patience is being worked out Romans 5:3.
– There is a reward for an overcomer of temptation and trial James 1:12

CONCLUSION
It is expedient that we rely on the Holy Spirit as we journey in the path of faith for sustenance and any that has the seed of God does not sin 1John 3:9.