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
I should be perfect (and perfection is possible)
I should be all-powerful (controlling myself and OTHERS)
I should always get what I want
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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).