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Mar 25, 2019

James 1

Types of Spiritual War

1. Discouragement - Satan wants us to be discouraged.

2. Doubt - Peter walking on waves - takes his eyes off of Jesus and sinks. He doubted Jesus and so do we

3. Distress - Paul and Silas in Prison. Our enemy wants us to be hopeless

4. Darkened - Pharisees couldn't see the light - Jesus - their eyes were darkened.

5. Defamation - Fight with flesh. King David and Bathsheba. Defaming of God - when we lose a battle, it is not about us. It is about God and how we defame his name.  We make Him look bad.

Today we are going to look at Defaming God.

It is sin

Sin is wrong because...

It violates the image and character of God.  It either does not display and mis-displays Him.  We need to share God to the world. We are His image bearers - a reflection like a mirror.  Help us not to distort that image.

Satan wants to defame God - this is why we fight - Romans 1:5 - through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.

Satan wants God's followers to fall. 

James 1:13-17- Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

The fight comes from within. v. 13 We blame God and do not see the weakness in our self.  The war is ours.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13 - 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. - God does provide a way to escape.

It starts with a desire v. 14 - We get an urge within of our own evil desires. We are tempted.  I want _____.

Then there comes and enticement v. 14 There is an enemy without stoking the fire of enticement.  He says "You deserve that", "You need that", "You have a right to have that".  We become like Eve  - Desire - eat the fruit. If we are like Eve, we didn't take the way out God gave us.

Giving in is sin v. 15 We miss the mark. We don't like to call it sin. We use other words. I am weak in this area of my life. But it is sin.

Allowed to Mature brings death. Sing brings distruction  to the name of God. Siege - fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

There is always a deception v. 15  It is based in this lie. Birth to sin - sin followers - brings forth death.

Like a Fish - Fish like to eat creepy crawling things

The Fishermans - deceives the fish.  He has bait that is enticing to the fish

The Bite - We have an urge from within.  Fish can't help himselft anymore. He has to have the bait.  Then he is hooked.

The Fight - we fight back and forth. Sometimes we get unhooked but then we go back for more.  How many times do we go back?

The Pan - Fish in a frying pan


Don't be deceived - Flee - because God's ways are always better.

What Sin offers me is better than what God wants me to have. - we believe this lie.  God's word says not to be deceived. v. 16

How do we win?  Flee  2 Timothy 2:22 - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  We are more than conquerors!