Friday: Further Study: Enduring Temptation

Further Study: Read about sin and the power to change in Ellen G. White, Repentance, Steps to Christ, pp. 23-36 and summarize the key points. The plan of redemption contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan. Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin. He came to destroy the works of the devil, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Enduring Temptation

You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Authority and Power Over Temptation

One day at work many years ago, my boss crossed the line and really upset me. I felt I was being pressured beyond what I could endure. I was about to march into my boss’s office and spew out a series of un-Christlike words. Not that it is wrong to confront your boss when he … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Hit the Mark

For the last two weeks I have been engaged in a war of wills with a family of squirrels. Those cute little creatures always scampering about my yard had now become my opponents. Unbeknownst to me these creatures had taken up residence in my house. My wife had suggested some time ago that there could … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Saved by Receiving

Read James 1:21. What role does the word have in what James is saying? This verse concludes all that has been said so far about faith and salvation. It is an appeal to put away all impurity and separate ourselves from wickedness. The command put away (RSV) is used seven out of nine times in … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Slow to Speak

Read James 1:19-20. What important point is he making there? God’s Word is powerful. But so are human words. How often have we spoken words that later we wish we could take back? Unfortunately, just being aware of how hurtful wrong words can be, and how destructive anger is, does little to help us get … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: God provided everything to overcome sin. As we hide the Word in our hearts, we can overcome the temptation to sin… [Lesson Plan for Enduring Temptation October 13, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 1:12-14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Every Good and Perfect Gift

Do not err, my beloved brethren. 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 (James 1:16-17). Although sin gives birth to death, God is the source of life. He is the Father of lights (James 1:17), … [Click to read more …]

Monday: When Lust Conceives

Read James 1:13-15 again. When does temptation become sin? Several Greek words are used in this passage to describe how sin begins, and all of them are connected with giving birth. When a wrong desire is nurtured, sin is conceived, like a baby in the womb. Sin, when it is completely grown, gives birth to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Root of Temptation

Read James 1:13-14. Why is it important that God does not tempt anyone? Where does temptation originate, and how can this knowledge be helpful in our own struggle with sin? James is emphatic. Not only is God not the author of evil, He is not the source of temptation either. Evil itself is the source … [Click to read more …]