A Few Thoughts to Pastors—Temptation

B1 Temptation
C1 The Greek word for temptation is πειρασμός peirasmós (G3986). It means, depending on context, a test, a testing. In a good sense, this testing would be God allowing us to see our weaknesses and strengths.
D1 Example of good
E1 John 6:6 He said this to test him, because he knew what he was going to do.
E2 James 1:2-3 My brothers, consider it all joy when you find yourself surrounded by various trials. 3 Know this that the testing of your faith results in endurance. [Testing, here, is a different word].
D2 Example of evil
E1 Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees and the Sadducees came tempting and demanding of him to show them a sign from heaven.
E2 Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, “Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?”
C2 A few points about temptation in the sense of seducing to sin.
D1 God does NOT do this. James 1:13
D2 It is in us. James 1:14-15 and 1 John 2:16
D3 Lusting for money. Proverbs 28:20 and 1 Timothy 6:9-10
D4 Lusting for power, authority. Matthew 4:8-10
D5 Pride 1 Timothy 3:6
B2 Things pastors are not to touch, nor anyone else
C1 Gold—seeking money, being influenced by money, not speaking the truth because it might offend some high money donors,
C2 Gals—pastoral sexual grooming and abuse, womanizing
C3 Glory—accepting praise that only God can receive, not giving praise to God, promoting yourself
B3 Protection from temptation (being seduced by sin)
C1 God makes a way 1 Corinthians 10:13
D1 God gives awareness, reminders of past, encouragement from others
D2 Truth. Temptations look good. Truth reveals otherwise. John 8:32
D3 God’s assisting grace to resist
E1 God respects humility (I need your help, Lord) Proverbs 3:34
E2 Only through Jesus, not any person or institution John 1:17
E3 God’s grace is sufficient 2 Corinthians 12:9
D4 Ephesians 4:29-32
E1 Avoiding
F1 Grieving Holy Spirit (rebellion, stubbornness, sin)
F2 Evil speech
F3 Bitterness, wrath, anger, angry shouting, verbal abuse, and spite
E3 Pursue
F1 Edifying others instead of ourselves
F2 Being kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another
C2 Submit to God and resist devil (I will not) James 4:7
C3 Run away and avoid sinful environments 1 Corinthians 6:18
C4 Jesus will help. Call to Him Hebrews 2:18
C5 Confess sins 1 John 1:9
C6 Read and study Scripture every day Psalm 119:11
C7 Know and be determined to follow God’s worldview and lifestyle Romans 12:2
C8 Have faith in God 1 John 5:4
C9 Be steadfast and continue for the devil wants to destroy us. Don’t let him. Trust in God.
C10 Be aware of addictions
C11 Ask a prayer partner or others for prayer
Proverbs 4:14-15 NIrV Don’t take the path of evil people. Don’t live the way sinners do. 15 Stay away from their path. Don’t travel on it. Turn away from it. Go on your way.

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