RCCG ONLINE CENTRAL DIGGING DEEP SERVICE TEACHING – MINISTERING: PASTOR JOHNSON FOLORUNSHO ODESOLA (ASSISTANT GENERAL OVERSEER (AGO) ADMIN. AND PERSONNEL, RCCG)
TOPIC: DOMINION OVER TEMPTATION
DATE: 12TH MAY, 2020
BIBLE TEXT: JAMES 1:12-16
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We have come oh God to drink from the DEEP of God; we ask that this particular day, You will teach us again.
In this Digging Deep oh God, I release myself, my heart, my head and my mouth to You: that on this Platform, I will not do violence to Your Word.
And within the time I have, I will be able to do Justice to the Topic that You have approved.
Lord I ask that Your hands would be involved in the Teaching of today; You will make it clear, simple, that no one will go without receiving their in the Name of Jesus!
Remove every ambiguity; and the Holy Spirit the Great Teacher, teach us. Including me that You are using as the mouthpiece, in the Name of Jesus.
Let there be Salvation, let there be Victory, let there be Healing, let there be Freedom!
And Lord Almighty, when all is said and done on Earth; our Eternal Home, where the Streets are paved with Gold. And Angels will be our Servants; Where we are going to seen the face of our Lord who died for us; Resurrected and Ascended to become our Eternal Advocate: may we be able to be there!
Thank You Eternal Father, in Jesus’ Mighty Name we Pray – Amen!
… And let someone say someone shout Amen – AMEN!
The Almighty God will Bless everyone in the Name of Jesus –
I’m eternally grateful to our father in the Lord that has given me the privilege to stand again on this Podium;
The Lord will Increase him, increase his Anointing, increase his Joy and everything about him will speak of Glory and Joy forever, in Jesus’ Name – Amen!
Today we want to consider “DOMINION OVER TEMPTATION.”
Also by Pastor J.F Odesola: Tuesday May 5th Digging Deep – Writing A Legacy By Your Action
The TEXT would be from JAMES 1:12-16;
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
… May the Lord Bless the reading and hearing of His Words, in the Name of Jesus – Amen.
We are living in the day of relentless temptations, it is very, very difficult.
Never before has our Adversary has such a Powerful Technology which he uses to glamorise sin.
Temptation on it’s own is not the same as sin.
I mean sometimes, being tempted makes us feel dirty but temptation is not sin.
Jesus was severally tempted, but that does not mean He contaminated Himself with sin.
WHAT IS TEMPTATION?
It is the seduction to evil; solicitation to do wrong thing – It is different from trial.
Because trial seeks to discover man’s Moral Qualities and Character; but Temptation Persuades to evil that it may ruin that fellow.
And why it is a Good Thing, it is things that God ordained, it is something that God pull to live a right life.
Now, we need to understand that once you have determined to live a life that Pleases God, you are the Prime target for Temptation of Satan.
The devil will stop at nothing to go to the one that is standing – doing the Will of God.
And that is why in the Book of 1 Peter 5:8, the Word of the Lord says;
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Now, the devil is not concerned about normal Christian: who is not living life according to the Will of God; but his major concern are those particular people – that man, that woman that is living for God.
I Pray that the trap of the enemy will not capture us in the Name of Jesus – Amen!
A life lived for Jesus is the life that would be attacked.
2 Timothy 3:12; I mean, Paul cried out loud to Timothy: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer Persecution.”
So, the remedy to Satan’s attack, when we are tempted is what Romans 13:14 said: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not Provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
So, before you give in to temptation and things that look enticing, take a moment to think about the consequences:
- What will happen to your Testimonies in the eyes of others?
- What will happen if your Leaders find out?
- What will happen if others find out?
- What will happen if your spouse or somebody who is dear to you finds out?
Today, I’m going to look at it in three (3) SEGMENTS:
The Schemes of the serpent.
The Strength of the Saints.
The Succour or the Support of the Saviour.
THE SCHEMES OF THE SERPENT
Satan and his kingdom are well organised entities and they make use of various Schemes and Strategies, and Technology (if you want) to Check people and to Test people.
In 2 Corinthians 2:11; the Bible says: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
I. So No. 1 Scheme is ENTICEMENT Scheme
Satan will package common and unusual things for you, to Present it in a ‘Special’.
For instance, he could make a married man/woman to see another woman/man as ‘Special’; leading to sin of sexual impurity or immorality.
In Judges 16:1, the Bible talks about Samson, a Man of God born with Anointing. He went down to Gaza and he saw an harlot there and went in to her.
Another example is Eve; Eve has been in the Garden; Eve has been in the Garden with fruit that was there. Satan with his subtle and cunning attitude, posed a question to her.
We can read that from Genesis 3:1-10; but my emphasis would be Verses 1 and 6. Look at it:
“Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden? And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was Pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
The tree has always been there; but the devil used an Enticement Scheme.
II. PERSISTENT Scheme: The devil would use this strategy of Persistency;
The devil sometimes Persist in bringing multiple temptations at the same time – Like the case of Jesus when you read the Book of Luke 4:1-13.
Now, he came to Jesus and said: You know you have been Fasting for 40 Days now; turn stones to bread.
Jesus replied him!
He came again and said: Look, I will give You all these things that You can see.
Jesus rebuked him!
Now, the third (3rd) time, Satan took Him to the Pinnacle of the Temple – He removed Him from the Congregation of the Saints to the Pinnacle.
Be careful, when the devil continues to flatter you – You are still yourself. And be careful of unusual, unnecessary Titles.
He took Jesus out of the Congregation – Nobody stays in the Pinnacle (You stay in the Congregation) just to single Him out, to be able to destroy Him.
But Jesus rebuked him!
And the case of Joseph; but the devil kept repeating it severally – lie with me, lie with me, lie with me – Single Temptation, several times – Genesis 39:7-20.
So many Believers are unable to resist such kind of Temptation.
We should know that the Devil cannot be tired, and he does not give up on his business.
As Christians, we have to be on GUARD at all time, by Watching and Praying.
III. DECEIVING Scheme: The devil most of the time hides his Identity;
As demon, he would transforms himself to an angel of Light.
So there is a story in the Book of 1 Kings 13:1-23; but I will zero in on Verse 18.
Now, the story is this: God sent the man to go and Prophesy in another town – Prophesy on the Altar of evil. And exactly he came to that town.
There was another Prophet in that town; so he said, please the Angel met me and said you should do CONTRARY to what God had said.
Look at verse 18 – “I am a Prophet also as thou art; and an Angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.”
I don’t know why he should do that, but that is to tell you that – That’s the strategy of the enemy: Deceiving Schemes, a liar from the beginning.
And let me say, there are two (2) Terrible Lies Satan wants you to believe:
A. He wants you to believe that just ONCE will not hurt – Fornication once, Adultery once, Stealing once.
… That is a lie!
B. Now that you have DONE it and you have ruined your life there, there is no remedy; God has forsaken you and you cannot do anything.
That is also a lie you must be weary of this particular deception of the enemy.
IV. DESPISING Scheme: When the devil makes People to feel, it does not matter.
It does not matter if I do what I need to do: Certain worldly dressing doesn’t matter; Revealing dresses doesn’t matter; Singing worldly songs doesn’t matter; Joining People to do certain things doesn’t matter.
Remember Esau: Esau felt it didn’t really matter – and he lost Permanently his birthright, in Genesis 25:29-34.
Look at what he said in Verse 34:
“Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”
The Salvation of your Soul, the Salvation of my Soul, is not quantifiable – It is Priceless!
The Salvation of our Souls – somebody PAID for it. He used His blood to Pay for it; He condescended from above.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:8: “And being found in Fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Somebody Paid for it, don’t let us despised it!
V. MAJORITY Scheme: People are likely to judge some things right, by the acceptance of Majority.
So we use this approach, you know we are in the Political Arena (Democracy) – Majority wins the Vote.
… The devil also uses that!
In the Bible, there is a very, very Powerful Story – The story of the Prophet Micaiah.
Now, when the Man of God (Jehoshaphat) joined King Ahab, and the King said; I want to go and flight battle, will you join me?
And the man (Jehoshaphat) said: Well, your People are my People. I will join you. But is there any Prophet?
They gathered all the Prophets and many of them – four hundred (400) of them; they Prophesied the same thing.
But Jehoshaphat, maybe by experience maybe by the Prompting of God said: There is still something more.
He said: Is there no other one?
King Ahab said, there is one, but I hate him; he doesn’t speak well of me. His own words are always on the contrary, he doesn’t follow Majority!
Many a times when you deal with God, the Majority may not win; but the devil uses the Majority Scheme to deceive People.
Now, let’s look at that story; you can take it from 2 Chronicles 18:4-34. But I want to emphasis on Verses 12 and 16;
Now, when they asked to go and call the Prophet (Micaiah); the Servant who called him said: Everybody said something good about the King.
Because your own is too much, you have received madness with your own Religion. You, your own: you can’t touch this, you can’t touch that!
Your own you don’t joke with Sunday, you don’t joke with Digging Deep or Faith Clinic. You don’t joke with Services to the Lord.
He said: Speak according to the other People!
The Prophet said, whatever the Lord says, I will tell them!
So, when he got there, he first of all spoke like the other People.
And King Ahab said: Look … Look at what he said first, but he spoke the truth at last.
Now, he first got there. And when he got there, he said: God says you should go – God says you should go!
Then King Ahab said: Tell me the TRUTH.
And in Verse 16 the Prophet Micaiah said;
“Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the Mountains, as sheep that have no Shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no Master; let them return therefore every man to his house in Peace.”
The King Ahab said, I told you, this man: his own is always different.
And this is one of the Schemes the devil uses to deceive People – Majority are doing it!
That Majority are doing it does not necessarily put a Stamp of Approval on it.
VI. SECRETIVE Scheme: The devil makes us comfortable to commit sin, as long as nobody finds out.
… But remember, nothing is hidden from God.
Ananias and Sapphira in the Book of Acts of the Apostle 5:1-10; they went into that Temptation, they sold the land. Peter was not there, nobody was there.
But they said: Did you really, are you bringing the whole money?
They said, oh, YES!
Mr. Show off, show forth! Mr. Eye service, Mr. Sycophant. And said YES!
And Peter said: Why did you lie? Why do you also lie?
The wife also came, he said to her: Did you sell the land for so much?
She said YES!
… And both they DIED!
Joseph overcame because he was able to remind himself.
And the Book of Genesis 39:7-20; in Verse 9, Joseph said:
“There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
… Sin against God – Against God!
I Pray today that the Power to overcome sin, God will give unto you, in the Name of Jesus – Amen!
- THE STRENGTH THAT GOD HAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE SAINTS
I. TRUST in God: You need to realise that God will help you.
He will neither leave you, He will never forsake you. He is your Strength and He is your Buckler.
In Psalms 125:1, the Bible says: “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”
And in 1 John 4:4, the Bible says: “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
You are on the Winning Side – You have to align yourself with Christ who is the Conqueror!
II. Be HUMBLE: If you are not humble you will crumble – James 4:10.
You need to humble yourself. As long as you are Proud and you think you can fight sin on your own – you will not be able to move forward.
When you think you are so Strong that sin cannot touch you; then you have set yourself up to fail.
We are only Strong in the Lord.
Look at Samson – Samson thought no problem moving from one sin to another.
He didn’t know that the Spirit of God was going away from him gradually and suddenly, he couldn’t get himself.
III. You need to RESIST Temptation: God is building your Character.
Every time you say No to Temptation, it will be much easier to say No the next time you are tempted.
James 4:7 says: You should RESIST, I should RESIST.
Don’t play around with sin. You try to enjoy, it will hurt.
… But RESIST Temptation and move on.
IV. FLEE: There is a time to dialogue, but when you come to certain temptations in life, especially Temptations on fornication and adultery, you need to FLEE.
If you are struggling with lust, stay away from Pornography; stay away from any situation that could entice you.
In 1 Corinthians 6:18, the Word of the Lord says: Flee from sexual immorality.
In 2 Timothy 2:22, the Bible says: Flee the evil desire of youth.
.. So FLEE!
V. EMBRACE the Truth: Jesus is the Word from the beginning;
He is the Way, the Truth and the Life – That is what John 14:6 says.
And in John 8:31-32, He said, you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you FREE.
So the Bible remains the Book of Conquerors – The Bible remains the Helpful Book to conquer in times of Temptation.
Jesus Himself quoted the Scriptures against the devil, in Luke 4:1-13.
… RESIST the devil with the Word of God.
VI. You need to PRAY: Prayer is of a great help in Temptation.
Pray, it’s very important.
In the Lords Prayer that we were taught – “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name….”
Verse 13 says: And lead us not into Temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Even the Almighty Jesus, our Saviour, in Matthew 26:41 He said: The Spirit is Willing but the body is weak.
… That was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
But if we PRAY, He will send help to us!
VII. Embrace the LOVE of God; embrace God and His Love.
…. Or if you want: Embrace the LOVE of God!
Proverbs 18:17, we need to embrace the Love of God. Love is the unique Glory of Christianity.
And God loves us so much.
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And He said: I have loved you with an everlasting Love. That is Jeremiah 31:3 – Everlasting LOVE!
And so with the Qualities above, YOU NEED TO:
A. Deal with Temptation IMMEDIATELY – Don’t allow Temptation to linger in your life.
If you don’t deal with it, it will grow out of counsel. Get down to go the Word, deal with it IMMEDIATELY.
B. You need to Deal with Temptation REALISTICALLY – You need to be REAL with what you know is the object the devil is targeting at.
So understanding sin is more Powerful than you are.
Jesus said to His Disciples: Watch and Pray that ye enter not into Temptation in that same Matthew 26:41.
… You need to deal with it IMMEDIATELY, REALISTICALLY;
C. And you need to Deal with it RUTHLESSLY:
In Mark 9:43-48; some times when Jesus talks, there are certain things that are so strong.
He said: If thy hands causes offence, cut it off; if your eyes would make you sin, He says pluck it out.
… That sounds very, very, difficult.
Regardless of what you have to get away from, get sway from it.
IV. And Deal with that Temptation CONSISTENTLY: you have to be consistent.
V. And you need to Deal with it CONFIDENTLY: because according to 1 Corinthians 10:14: God will make a WAY of escape.
… Now, that’s the second (2nd) Segment. The Third (3rd), which is the last one, is:
- THE SUCCOR OF THE SAVIOUR; THE SUPPORT OF THE SAVIOUR
Now, there is a Strength available to you as a Saint; but there is also a Support from the Saviour.
JESUS, who was tempted in all areas, and He didn’t sin – These are the SUPPORTS or SUCCOUR we have in Him:
I. He set Himself as an EXAMPLE: He was tempted on every sides, He didn’t fall into any of those Temptations.
Look at Him as our Perfect Example.
Hebrews 4:15 says: “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all Points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
II. He gave us the HOLY SPIRIT:
… He is our Example, and He gave us the Holy Spirit.
One of the reasons why we are Baptised in the Holy Spirit is to have Power to say No to the devil and to resist the Temptation of sin.
He said in Acts 1:8: Ye shall receive Power when the Holy Ghost comes upon you.
He said in Luke 10:19: Behold, I give unto you POWER.
So He gave us the Holy Spirit to be able to resist Temptations.
III. He gives us a WAY of ESCAPE: Don’t say, I can’t overcome this Temptation – You CAN!
Now, in 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Bible specifically said God will make a way OUT of Temptation;
… But we must be active in finding the DOOR out!
IV. The next Support is the ADMONITION by the Biblical Saints:
… The story of Bible Saints who lived before us.
Some of them were not even Born Again; some of the Instruments and Supports that we have now in this New Testament, they didn’t have it.
But they passed through Temptations and they overcame!
Remember, Malachi 3:6; the Bible says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Now, watch the Motto of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; it says – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8.
The SAME yesterday, today and for ever – So you have the Admonition of Him being there.
V. REWARD for Overcomers: Anyone that conquers will be crowned with the Crown of Life.
Our Saviour has a lot of Promises for those who overcame – All these can motivate us to Walk and to Overcome Temptations.
I don’t know whether you heard the story of an Evangelist that came to Town – The Evangelist was Preaching; he came to a small City and the whole city gathered around him.
And so, on the third (3rd) day of the Crusade, he joined a Bus from where they were holding the Crusade to town.
And so he Paid a certain amount of money (as Bus fare) to the Bus Conductor. And he was to receive balance.
And the Bus Conductor, by Purpose and intention, gave him back triple of his balance that he needed to collect.
So the man was troubled. Initially, he said – Ah! This is the blessing of God. On the other side, he said No! This is stealing.
So he was struggling on and on. But when he was at the Bus Stop for him to disembark; he told the Bus Conductor, the balance you gave me is not the correct amount – You paid me triple.
And the Bus Conductor laughed: Now I know you are a true Man of God. I did it intentionally. I will attend your Crusade this evening because I thought you were like them!
… Are you like them?
… Don’t fall into Temptation.
He would have missed the Bus Conductor – later who became a World Evangelist.
What if he had missed it? – Don’t MISS IT!
Somebody may ask as I close: Is there any HOPE?
What if I MISSED it? Is there any Hope FOR ME? What if I FALL into Temptation?
There is Forgiveness for such because in 1 John 2:1-2, because of the sacrifice that Jesus PAID; you are encouraged that you can be FORGIVEN.
No wonder Micah 7:8 says: “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”
And as a Believer, it is high time you rise against all Temptations. If you have missed it before you can adjust.
If you need the Lord in your life today; if you are a backslider, come BACK! God is waiting for you – there is another opportunity.
If you have not given your life, Please you can do it right away! If you need the Lord today, whether to fight Temptation; He is available and you can have Victory over sin.
Let us go over the BENEFITS or ADVANTAGES of Temptation; so that God can take you to where He wants you to go. You can overcome Temptation, you are destined to overcome Temptation.
Three (3) Things that I have said and I have mentioned:
- The SCHEMES of serpent,
- The STRENGTH of Saints.
- The SUPPORT or the SUCCOUR of the Saviour.
Today, you have opportunity to ask the Lord for Help; because He is willing – He can Help you; He had helped the people who have been under Temptations before.
That you will not be tempted, forget it!
Any student that wants to be Promoted will have go sit for an examination.
For you to get to the Next Level of your life in Christianity, you need to be tempted. but after the Temptation;
After Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego entered the fire and came out, they were Promoted.
Daniel, when he entered the Lion’s Den and came out, he was Promoted.
Now, you are set for Promotion, but God will help you to overcome.
… Shall we bow our heads as we Pray;
And if you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, I beg of you today, don’t delay till tomorrow. God is waiting for you!
Just tell the Lord: LORD; I am here, wash me, cleanse me. I want to follow You for the rest of my life.
… Thank You Eternal Father, in Jesus’ Mighty Name we have Prayed!
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Thank You for the People that are giving their lives today. I Pray Oh Lord, as a baby is being born in Your Maternity today: Cleanse them, wash them, write their names in the “Book of Life”.
Whatever it is that has been object that does not allow them to come to You; Lord, remove that object from today, oh Lord.
And I ask that from this day onward, You will give them Strength to serve You.
Everyone in Temptation, everyone who has been Deceived, everyone who has been Attracted to Temptation and many that are in it now; give them Power to OVERCOME, in the Name of Jesus!
Those who have already fallen into it, please give another chance for them; raise them up, in Jesus’ Name!
The Power to live Victoriously, give to everyone of us, that are watching or reading now on the Label of DMC.
And Lord, everyone who needs a Special Touch in the area of their Spiritual Life, Touch them, and let all things be well.
When we eventually finished the Race of Life, that Kingdom of the Righteous, let us be there to reign with You!
In Jesus’ Mighty Name we Pray – AMEN!
Your Service is not Total without giving Offering.
Pray on your offerings.
And Please those of you who want to give Online, do so, too.
… And the Almighty God will Bless you.
PRAYER ON OFFERING
Eternal Father, You invented Giving – You don’t need money, You have everything sufficient.
But what You are doing is to TEST our Faithfulness; to TEST our Grateful Heart. That’s why You asked us for it.
Lord Almighty, You have given us Plenty but You are asking for just small.
And so, we are Giving this to You; we Pray that You will accept it, use it for Your Glory.
And Father Almighty, reward us in thirty (30), sixty (60) and hundred (100) folds.
And in the Kingdom to Come, we will inherit Life External.
Thank You Eternal Father because You have done it.
In Jesus Most Wonderful Name we Pray – AMEN!
GOD BLESS YOU!!!
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