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TEMPTATION week3 - Living in The Spirit.

13 …And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Cor 10:13


No matter what facing a way out—Complain, Comparing, Worrying

Addicted Social Media, Gambling, Gaming, Sweets, Sex addiction—way out.

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Better plan than not thinking about the wrong thing…is actually doing the right thing.



16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Gal 5:16-17


Like Paul in Romans 7… Don’t understand what I do. What I want to do—don’t. What I hate—do!

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Want to read my bible, Get out of debt (Shoe sale), Exercise morn—10% rain


Don’t want to get mad at my husband—Threw shoe!

Don’t want to eat so much—Whole thing.

 Sleep with my boyfriend—Just happened.

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  • WHAT YOU FEED GROWS.
  • WHAT YOU STARVE DIES. 


Feed a plant—it grows. Starve it—dies.

Feed yourself—grow. Starve yourself die.


Feed your flesh (sinful) desires—they grow. Starve them—die.



Overcoming the Appetite of the flesh

  • DEPEND ON THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.


Spirit: Convicts, Comforts, Guides, Prompts.

POWER—from heaven.

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12 …You have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. Romans 8:12-13a


Sin thrills—then kills. It fascinates—then assassinates.

Kills marriages, intimacy with god, relationships with children, sin kills.


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12 …You have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 

Rom 8:12-13 NLT


Power of Spirit—Not on own!

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AA—First 2 steps in 12 step…

We admit we are powerless over alcohol—that our lives have become unmanageable. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our sanity.


  • I admit that I’m powerless over ____________. I believe that the power of the Spirit of God will heal me and make me whole.


Food. Worry. Anger. Materialism, Dip, Sex. Pot. Meth. Pain meds.

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I am being drawn to Jesus, but I don’t want to give up _____.

I am powerless over this—Holy Spirit help me.


Either admit it. let it remained covered up. If it’s covered up, it’ll never be healed.




  • FOLLOW THE PROMPTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.


24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 

Gal 5:24-25 


Keep in step with the Spirit—Ballroom dancing!

Spend time with each other.


He’s telling me to pray for this. To reach out to him. Go this way. Do this for you.


So full of God—Don’t crave the emptiness of sin!

Under no obligation to sin. You have the power of God’s Spirit!


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  • Take note of every time you sense God prompting you.


Word, Song, Pray for someone, Listen to someone, Stop 15 minutes… God, give me people I need to pray for, names will come like missiles from heaven. 

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You don’t have to be held hostage by what’s in a bottle.

You don’t have to wall up and shut her out.

You don’t have to lie to make yourself look better.

You don’t have to light up to have a good time.

You don’t have to criticize your husband.


You feed spirit—starve flesh—Spirit’s Power—Prompting—So full of God.