2009-05-31 Rick - Temptation

Sunday May 31, 2009 – Rick opened the morning worship service continuing to talk about how each of us has to face temptation and each of us has a choice to sin or obey our Heavenly Father.  He used Proverbs 11:6 to emphasize that point.  Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.  You make the choice.

Lyndee led the boys in singing “Blessed be your Name” and then interrupted the praise and worship to honor three young men who had successfully completed the Pegasus program and were heading home; Andy, Allejandro and Anthony.  Each of the boys shared encouraging words with regard to their time at Pegasus and Lyndee blessed them with the promises of  Psalm 25:1-15:

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.

8 The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Ken prayed a prayer of blessing over Lyndee and the three young men.

Lyndee continued the praise and worship with “Makes me want to Shout” and then she read a short synopsis about St. Patrick and led the boys in singing an old Irish hymn.  She closed with her version of “Take Me Home”.

Our morning speaker was Rick Johnson whose subject was temptation.  When temptation comes you must ask yourself what you are going to do about it.  You can be blest or you can be cursed.  Look at temptation as an opportunity to do well.  You decide, you choose.  Remember temptation is Satan’s primary weapon to destroy you and God’s way of developing your character.

Gal 5:22-23 says: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! God teaches love but putting unlovely people in our lives to teach us love.  He teaches us real joy in the midst of sorrow; He develops peace within us by placing us in the midst of chaos and confusion; He teaches us patience by forcing us to wait when we don’t want to wait.

He spoke of the four D’s of temptation “Desire”, “Doubt”, “Deception” and “Disobedience”.

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”  Satan attempts to convince you that you can do things your own way by first encouraging your desire, convincing you to doubt it is wrong or deceiving you by out right lies.  If you believe his lies you become disobedience and sin.  You become trapped by your evil desires.

In one sense you might consider temptation a compliment in that it proves you do not belong to Satan.  The very fact he wants to tempt you means you belong to the Lord.  It is not a sin to be tempted. Jesus was tempted, yet he never sinned.  Temptation only becomes a sin when you give into it.  In the end we come back to choice.  It is on your shoulders!  You chose this day who you will follow!

Ken close the service with the audience reciting the Lord’s Prayer.