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More Than a Holiday - Facing Temptation

When we face temptation, we need to hold fast to our confession and draw near to Jesus.

Introduction

We are in the second week of our Advent series called “More Than a Holiday,” because Christmas is just that—it’s much more than a holiday. It’s the celebration of the God of this universe entering into human history and becoming a human being in Jesus Christ, which some have called the incarnation, the humanity of God. The question we are seeking to answer in this series is how should Jesus’ humanity change and affect our everyday lives? Last Sunday we learned how Jesus teaches us how to grow in wisdom, but this morning I want us to see how Jesus in his humanity helps us to face temptation.

We live in a world of great temptation where we are tempted to give up, we’re tempted to give in, and the temptations are more than just giving into lust. We're tempted to be discouraged, to be discontent, to be impatient, stingy, jealous, greedy, and countless other ways that we are tempted to either give up or give in. What I want to share with you this morning is how Jesus helps us get up and go on in the face of temptation.

[Read Hebrews 4:14-16]

How do you face temptation and overcome it? How do you not give in to sin? That’s the question. Or what do you do when you fail under temptation? How do you not give up and live in despair? This letter was written in order to answer those questions. It was written to second-generation Jewish believers who were being tempted. And they were not just tempted to give in to sin, they were tempted to give up on Christianity and go back to the way things were, to the ceremonial law of the temple sacrifices. The writer sets out to motivate them and encourage them to press on and face these temptations. But the answer to how we do that ...

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Jeremy McKeen is the founding and Lead Pastor of Truth Point Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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