Overcoming temptations

					Overcoming temptations
      1Cor 10:1-14

        Peter Ng
We know that the true child of God
          does not sin
           1 John 5:1 JB Phillips
            Sin is not an option
   A. We cannot rely on past spiritual
       experiences or blessings


For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers
were all under the cloud, and all passed through the
sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud
and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they
drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them,
and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most
of them God was not pleased, for they were
overthrown in the wilderness.
The Exodus generation


For I want you to know, brothers, that our
fathers were all under the cloud, and all
passed through the sea, 2 and all were
baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the
sea,
 Baptized in to Christ




Baptized into Moses?
3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all
drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank
from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and
the Rock was Christ.
For they drank from the spiritual Rock that
followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
 Rock a metaphor for
        God


“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his
ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and
without iniquity, just and upright is he. Ex
32:4
        Deut 32:15b



then he forsook God who made him and
scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
God = Rock = Christ
             Parallels


Jew' salvation     •   Christian's
experience             salvation
..exodus with          experience the
Moses                  cross with Jesus
            Despite the blessings




Nevertheless, with most of them God was not
  pleased, for they were overthrown in the
               wilderness. Vv 5
Matthew 7:22-23 22 On that day many will say to
 me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your
 name, and cast out demons in your name, and do
 many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then
 will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart
 from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
Kevin Conner
              Finishing the race
So I do not run aimlessly; I
do not box as one beating
the air. 27 But I discipline
my body and keep it under
control, lest after preaching
to others I myself should be
disqualified.
Does not matter how far you have run which
church you are from..serious bout sin




                                             Warning passages
We know that the true child of God
          does not sin
               1 John 5:1 JB Phillips
        Sin is not an option God hates sin
  B. We need to deal with
  idolatry in our own lives



Now these things took place as
examples for us, that we might
not desire evil as they did...v6
Epithumias
    Craving
  Strong drive
Do not be idolaters as
some of them were;.....
        1Cor 10:7a
       OT examples
                                       Exodus 32
As it is written ..“The people
sat down to eat and drink and
      rose up to play.”v7




                     Numbers 25
                      8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as
                      some of them did and 23,000 of t them fell in
                      a single day
We must not put Christ to the test, as
some of them did and were destroyed
by serpents,v9

Psalm 78:18They tested God in their
heart by demanding the food they
craved

“Why have you brought us up out of
Egypt to die in the wilderness? For
there is no food and no water, and we
loathe this worthless food.”Num 21:5
..nor grumble, as some of them did and were
       destroyed by the Destroyer v10



               Numb 14 or 11
      Idolatry
Sin beneath the Sin
                                Tom Keller




, I am allowing some competing desire to have higher priority than God and God's will for my life
   1st commandment


“I am the LORD your God, who brought you
out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods
before me. Ex20:2-3
              Shema
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the
LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD
your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your might. Deut 6:4-
5
Deep craving




  Idolatry




Punishment
 C. We need to realize that we are
almost never aware of our idolatry



 V11 Now these things happened to them as
 an example, but they were written down for
 our instruction, on whom the end of the ages
 has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who
 thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
We're a nation of fat, sad drinkers,
           survey finds
        The Age 14/9/11




60% of Australians
were overweight
according to BMI but
did not admit it
         Martin Luther


"whatever your heart
clings to and relies
upon, that is your God;
trust and faith of the
heart alone make both
God and idol."
“Son of man, these men have taken their
idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling
block of their iniquity before their faces.
Ezekiel 14 :4
Put to death therefore what is earthly in
you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion,
evil desire, and covetousness, which is
idolatry. Colossians 3:5
 The things that keep us from the table
            Luke 14:18-19


But they all alike began to make       Property
excuses. The first said to him, ‘I
have bought a field, and I must go
out and see it. Please have me         Job
excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I
have bought five yoke of oxen, and I
go to examine them. Please have me
excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I      Family
have married a wife, and therefore I
cannot come.’
P
               Idolatry Quotient
1. Do I feel like I have enough money and
possessions right now, or do I feel I need
                    more?
The need for more drives you and enslaves
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot
take anything out of the world. 1 TIm 6:6-7
     Idolatry Quotient


2. Do I have enough power and control
 in my life, or do I feel my life requires
                  more?
             Hedged bets, insurance derivatives
    Idolatry Quotient


3. Is there a relationship in my life to
which I am so attached that I have to
  have that for my life to be truly
             meaningful
     Idolatry Quotient



4. What am I willing to betray my values to
   obtain if I think I won't get caught?
       Idolatry Quotient

5. What desire is so strong that it can warp my
      thinking and make me engage in
 defensiveness, self- justification, denial, and
                also secrecy?
 When trouble comes

"Your memories
are distorted in a
 self-enhancing
 direction in all
 kinds of ways.
        Lingam Royal
          Comission
“I cannot remember”
x14
       Eusoffe Chin
   I cannot
remember x18

“When the man
puts his hand on
 your shoulder,
you can't simply
shove it aside.”
        Friedrich Nietzsche
German Philosopher University of Basel




 Memory vs Pride




  Children more A’s, walk earlier age, voted
      Idolatry Quotient


6. What desire do I have that sometimes gets
in the way of my paying attention to God or
            fully following God?
Christians in China: Is the country in
           spiritual crisis?
                      By Tim Gardam
                   Radio 4's God in China




    More Christians in church on Sunday in China than in whole of Europe
            Professor He Guanghu
          Renmin University, Beijing


"The worship of Mammon…
has become many people's
life purpose.

"I think it is very natural that
many other people will not
be satisfied... will seek some
meaning for their lives so
that when Christianity falls
into their lives, they will
seize it very tightly."
 Idolatry =Addiction




An idol eventually will always take away our freedom.
Powerless to help you
   D. Rely on His power to
    overcome temptations


V13 No temptation has overtaken you that is
not common to man. God is faithful, and he
will not let you be tempted beyond your
ability, but with the temptation he will also
provide the way of escape, that you may be
able to endure it.
Ekbasin
Kaprun fire
Jesus temptation model


Sanctify them in the
truth; your word is
truth.

John 17:17
              USS Thresher




U.S. nuclear attack submarine Thresher at sea, July 24,
1961. The Thresher sank on April 10, 1963, with 129
sailors on board.
  So Jacob served seven years for
Rachel, and they seemed to him but
 a few days because of the love he
            had for her.
             Gen29:20


      We too no longer want to displease Him
Matthew 6:13 And lead
us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from
          evil.
      Challenge


Therefore, my beloved, flee
from idolatry. V14



      Don’t study it, pontificate over it, flirt with it

				
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