Winning Over Temptation

by Dr. Waylon B. Moore
(You may want to print this four-page lesson so that you can fill in the blanks. Also, each person may want their own copy of this lesson. Plus, Scripture references are intentionally left for you to look up in your own Bible.)

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:13.

In God's sovereignty, He will give me everything that's good for me.

Temptation appeals to a denial of God's being on the throne, His goodness, and His provision. Sin is my attempt to get for myself what I think God will not give me. We must wait for God's best gift, rather than take for ourselves what God has not given us.

1. How can we know whether a circumstance is from God or from Satan?
    a. Matthew 26:39, 42; 2 Corinthians 12:6-9:


    b. John 3:19-21:


A test: Would we be ashamed if anybody knew?

    c. Proverbs 11:14:


2. What must be our spiritual condition to recognize a wrong thought, feeling, or act? Ephesians 5:18-21:


3. These scriptures tell us what is right or wrong:

Romans 1:21; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:32, 33; Colossians 3:8-12, 15.

Make a list of things we are to put off and put on.




Anything contrary to scripture is wrong. There are no exceptions for anyone. God has already given us His will on this.

4. Using the following scriptures, name three temptations areas:

a. 1 John 2:17; James 4:4


b. Galatians 5:16; James 1:14


c. Matthew 4:1, 10


5. Match three possible corresponding responses to the temptations in the preceeding question:

1 Timothy 6:12


1 Timothy 1:18


2 Timothy 4:7


b. 1 Corinthians 6:18, 5:9-11; 2 Timothy 2:22


c. Ephesians 6:11-14; James 4:7

These three options are present in varying combinations in each of life's stresses.

6. Identify which of the root sins of moral impurity, temporal value system (status, pride, money), bitterness, that this temptation is appealing to:

a. Galatians 5:19-21; Proverbs 20:1, 31:6; Mark 7:21-23


b. 1 Timothy 6:9; Ezekial 28:2, 5


c. Hebrews 12:15 (1-15)

Have I given all of my rights, my body to God? Then, it's His pride, His money, His body or whatever, that's being attacked. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.

7. What are the consequences of sin in these passages?
Proverbs 2:16-19

Proverbs 6:32-35

Proverbs 9:17, 18

1 Corinthians 6:9; Revelation 21:8

Romans 1:32

Develop a holy hatred for sin. The mind plays tricks on us. We are not to fantasize, “What if?” or rationalize, or spiritualize people or circumstances. These are attempts to make sin respectable so we do not have to live with guilt. Sin says you can get away with it — no one will know — but guilt will come. God has the last word.

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