T-Life Guide
Work Your Faith | Week 3: Defeating Temptation | June 18 - 24
Main Point: Our faith isn't gauged by our temptations, but by how we work our faith through them.
Key Verse: James 1:14-15
Scripture References: James 1:13-17
Introduction
As we continue this week though our series on the book of James, we are discovering that we gauge our faith by how we work our faith. Genuine saving faith will result in actions of faith. When it comes to temptation, it is no different. To be tempted is to live on this planet, but how we respond when tempted is how we gauge our faith. Temptation is anything that we desire to do that harms our relationships with 1) Your Future, 2) The People You Love, or 3) Your Faith in God. Temptation begins when we seek to fulfill a desire of self from Satan and selfishness in ways that God has not intended. Temptation makes us to ask, “Can God be trusted?” How we answer that question is how we gauge our genuine faith. Working our faith through temptation enables God to fill our greatest desires through His Spirit and power. Jesus came to break the power of temptation and sin TODAY.
Discussion Questions
  1. Last week we were challenged to begin to develop and “lifestyle of thankfulness” by journaling and praying through any trials you are currently experiencing and to respond to them with thankfulness and trust. Share any insights or experiences from this challenge.
  2. Put the moments and emotions surrounding temptation into words. How does it feel for you? What does it most often look like in your life? Share some of the various ways that temptation plays itself out in your own life.
  3. Considering that temptation is defined as fulfilling a desire in a way not intended by God, discuss some of the various temptations shared from Question #2 and how these desires have been created by God and discuss what God intended for them. How are God's intentions for them different than Satan's?
  4. Grab a Bible and read James 1:1-17. Talk together about James's flow of thoughts in this introduction to his letter to believers. How do the various phrases tie together, lead to one another, and help us to understand one another.
Moving Forward
This week we want to face temptation head on. Very often, we are unaware of moment by moment temptations to fulfill selfish desires in our own ways as compared to trusting God to meet those needs by His power, grace, and love. First, commit to memory the high stakes of temptation. Write in on the back of your hand or on a notepad to keep with you. At stake: 1) Your Future, 2) The People You Love, and 3) Your Faith in God. We want to bring to light the high cost of giving into temptation that leads to the death of our self, our relationships, and the purposes of God. Second, commit to memory a simple prayer of trust in God's goodness for moments of temptation…”God, in the midst of this temptation, I trust in you to meet this desire and this need.” Finally, at the end of each day or as you start your day in the morning, consider how you were tempted over the past day and how God met those desires by His Spirit. Thank God for that provision and invite Him to meet this day's needs as well.
The Word Speaking Life
But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. -James 1:14-15
For a full recap of Sunday's sermon with media, visit the Work Your Faith - Defeating Temptation page.
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