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EP. 94 The Key to Overcoming All Temptations


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Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. Kimberly is back with us this week after being out of town for the last three episodes. If you missed last week’s episode, you’ll want to go back and listen to episode 93 where Tim interviews his brother Phil about his experience in leadership. It’s inspiring, encouraging, and full of practical truths anyone can apply to their life starting today! In this week’s episode, Tim is uncovering a concept the Lord has recently revealed to him as he studied the Lord’s Prayer.


If you are not familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, it can be found in Matthew 6:9-13, and it says, “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” This week Tim focuses his teaching on the very last part of the Lord’s Prayer which says, “deliver us from evil.” How are we delivered from evil? What is evil? Is evil referring to Satan tempting us, the world system tempting us, or simply our own flesh tempting us?


1 Corinthians 10:13-14 says, “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. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” What is the way of escape the Lord provides when we are in temptation? It is a difficult maze, like an escape room or game? The word endure used in this verse is the ability to bear the load of what we are going through. The answer to the question is found in the last sentence: flee from idolatry. This is the concept that the Holy Spirit taught to Tim as he was studying the idea of temptation and being delivered from evil. When teaching on 1 Corinthians 10:13-14 in the past, Tim used to say that when we are being tempted, the answer is to flee the situation. Whether it was a temptation in sexual sin, stealing, or lying, he used to teach that one should literally flee the scene or situation.


The way of escape is to flee from idolatry. We cannot get the way of escape from temptation until we flee from idolatry. People tend to have a low view of God. The lower one's view of God is, the more likely one is to become involved in habitual sin. The first step in recovery from addictive behavior is to put God in his rightful place. We flee every form of idolatry by embracing God for who He truly is: the almighty God. Kimberly says, “When we acknowledge God's presence in our daily practices, it becomes easier to walk away from temptations because we see His involvement in even the small things.” When we put Jesus Christ in His rightful place as Lord over our lives, we will be insulated from sin.


Matthew 22:35-38 says, “And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” When we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and when we love our neighbor as ourselves, we will automatically be obedient to the law.


Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Everything we see and do needs to go through the love of God. We put it on our hearts, teach it to our children, think of it when we sleep, and see it everywhere we go.


To escape from temptation, make God the Lord of your life. Until you put God as Lord of your life, you will not escape.You will never have success in overcoming addictive habits until God is put in His rightful place. This is the only way of escape from temptation.


QUOTES


“When we acknowledge God's presence in our daily practices, it becomes easier to walk away from temptations because we see His involvement in even the small things.” -Kimberly


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Matthew 6:9-13 “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”


1 Corinthians 10:13-14 “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. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”


Matthew 22:35-38 “And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”


Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Everything we see and do needs to go through the love of God. We put it on our hearts, teach it to our children, think of it when we sleep, and see it everywhere we go."



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