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You'll never be so great a Christian that you stop struggling with temptation. In this message series, Pastor Rick talks about the keys on how to handle temptation that God gives you through his Word.

 

Pastor Rick Warren talks about temptation, irresponsibility, victimhood, blaming others and how thinking and feelings determine our behavior and even our ability to be happy. Happy people are those that let their thinking determine their behavior, NOT their feelings. They choose to read the Bible and obey the word of God.

 

Dr. Washton, "Willpower is not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind" states, "The inner disease that makes us so vulnerable to addiction, seems to originate in our belief system (thinking), for the beliefs we hold about ourselves, others, and the world around us determine to a large degree our feelings, personality, and outward behavior." Dr. Washton speaks of The Addictive Belief System (THINKING) System that involves, Dis-Ease, Quick Fix, and Mood-Changers. Washton succinctly clarifies among the beliefs that contribute to addiction are:

 

THE ADDICTIVE BELIEF (THINKING) SYSTEM

 

  1. I should be perfect (and perfection is possible)

  2. I should be all-powerful (controlling myself and OTHERS)

  3. I should always get what I want

  4. Life should be without pain and require no effort. (The core of addictive thinking is inherent in this belief. If we insist on avoiding emotional pain, on being comfortable all the time, we will have to seek ways to avoid reality, to escape our mood.

     

Pastor Warren:
“Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an attitude.

Be careful how you THINK, your life is shaped by your thoughts.
In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into behavior.” 

 

Here is the Message by Pastor Rick Warren:

Choose Holiness over Happiness

"We are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."
James 1:14-15 (GNT)

 

Today we live in an age of irresponsibility, where no one wants to admit that their problems are their own fault. We've all become victims. No problem we have is ever considered our fault anymore; it's always somebody else's problem. We blame others. We blame the government, the media, our parents, the schools, our DNA, and the environment - everything but ourselves.

The truth is that you brought most of your problems on yourself. You just need to accept responsibility and quit blaming others. Every time you blame somebody else, you're not admitting what the real problem is.

If you're facing temptation right now, you're never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem. Stop blaming other people! Even when other people have hurt you, it's your reaction that's causing the problem.

It's amazing to me that some people even try to blame God for the messes in their lives. But God's will never contradicts God's Word. If God says, "Don't do that" in the Bible, he will never tell you "yes" through a feeling. I don't care how good the feeling is - when you listen to your feelings instead of God's Word, you're walking straight into a trap. One of the most common excuses I've heard to justify a multitude of sins is, "God wants me to be happy, and this will make me happy."

God wants you to be happy. But God wants you to be holy more than he wants you to be happy. He wants you to obey him. You will never be totally happy when you ignore God's will. In fact, you're heading for destruction. The rules and principles that are in the Bible are not there just to make life miserable. They're there for your own good.

The happiest people in the world are those who hang on to what God says and follow it, regardless of what their feelings say.

Talk It Over

  • What are the problems in your life that you've tried to blame someone else for?
  • Has blaming someone else ever made you truly happy? How did it actually make you feel?


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With respect to temptation, Pastor Rick Warren says," Stop fixing the blame and fix the problem.
Happiness is a choice and you are as happy as you choose. Even if people have hurt you or abused you or rejected you, your reaction to that pain is even more important than the problem. When you listen to your feelings instead of God's Word (thinking) you walk straight into a trap."

Growing in the Seasons of Life, The Season of Temptation, Part 1
‎Tuesday, ‎November ‎19, ‎2013

We live in an age of irresponsibility, where no one wants to admit that their problems may be their own fault. We've all become victims! Pastor Rick wants you to understand that you're never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem.

http://cdn.rickwarren.org/broadcast-mp3-podcast/11-20-2013_DailyHope_growing-in-the-seasons-of-life_broadcast_the-season-of-temptation_pt-1.mp3

Growing in the Seasons of Life, The Season of Temptation, Part 2
‎November ‎20, ‎2013

The Bible says, "A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless" (Proverbs 14:16). In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares how the goal is not to see how close you can get to the temptation but rather how far away from it you can stay.

http://cdn.rickwarren.org/broadcast-mp3-podcast/11-21-2013_DailyHope_growing-in-the-seasons-of-life_broadcast_the-season-of-temptation_pt-2.mp3

Growing in the Seasons of Life, The Season of Temptation, Part 3
‎November ‎21, ‎2013, ‏‎10:00:00

Satan is constantly battling for your mind. The Bible says you need to resist the devil by preparing for the temptation. Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to claim the promises of God in the Bible so that you will have "a way out so that you can endure it" (Ephesians 6:17).

http://cdn.rickwarren.org/broadcast-mp3-podcast/11-22-2013_DailyHope_growing-in-the-seasons-of-life_broadcast_the-season-of-temptation_pt-3.mp3


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"I am a Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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