Facing temptation

From John MacArthur’s sermon, “Man of Sorrows – Part 1”.  (Matthew 26:36-46)


“Verse 41 is the principal, he said it to the disciples, he says it to us, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” What was Jesus doing up there when he was battling temptation? He was prostrate doing what? Praying. Alert, awake, understanding what was going on and praying with all the passion of his great heart. How do we deal with temptation? In his first temptation in Matthew 4  [Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13]  when Satan was with him in the wilderness Jesus answered every temptation with a quote from the book of Deuteronomy and what he tells us there is that it is essential in temptation to know the word of God, right?   “Thy word that I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee”. (Psalm 119:11)   We must be armed with the word and here he teaches us the other necessary ingredient to battle temptation. One, you need the word, two, you need the power of God and that calls to prayer.

In the first temptation he turned to the word, in the second greater temptation he turns to God in prayer. You want to be victorious? You want to be triumphant in your Christian life? The Lord has let you in on this great lesson. In the private intimate moments of his own struggle with Satan in the wilderness he showed you need the word of God in your life because you will have those principals engrained in you which lead you toward righteousness.

Secondly, even though you have good intentions, your flesh may, your spirit may be willing, but your flesh is miserably weak. You cannot stand on good intentions. You cannot stand on your own self of confidence. Confidence, you throw yourself prostrate before God and cry out for deliverance from the strength of temptation. Intentions aren’t enough. The flesh is too weak. We’re not Jesus Christ. His flesh, of course, his humanness, strengthened in its perfection by the fact that he was God. We are not.

We see it in the disciples. They wanted to do what was right. They didn’t have the strength. That’s how it is with us. You want triumph in temptation, engrain the word of God into your life, keep your eyes open and pray without ceasing. That’s the path. Not complex, but very clear. The Lord in his suffering not only provided redemption, but in his suffering provided a path of triumph which we can walk. The word, watchfulness, prayerfulness. That’s it. No magic. That’s how you deal with sin. Pour the word in. Stay alert. Understand what’s going on around you by way of temptation. Be discerning and fall prostrate before God and cry out for his power. That’s the path to triumph. Then you can rise and walk to face the foe as he did.”

John MacArthur

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The Mount of Transfiguration, of Internet Trolls, and the Proto-Evangelium of James

This Dividing Line Program by Dr. James White is in 3 sections:

  1.  The Mount of Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-8 (see also in Mark 9:1-8 and Luke 9:28-36)

Dr. White makes some very interesting points here.  Why Moses and Elijah?  Usually we understand Moses to represent the law and Elijah the prophets.  There is a lot of validity to that.  But also, Dr. White goes back to Exodus 33, where Moses prays to God, “Show me Your glory!”  (Exodus 33:18) and God says, “you cannot see My face, for no one can see My face and live” (Exodus 33:20).  By Moses seeing Jesus here on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses finally got to see the face of God.  And Elijah had to cover his face when God came in the gentle breeze in 1 Kings 19:12-13.  Elijah also finally got to see the face of God.

“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”  John 1:18  NASB (see John 1:1-5; and 1:14-18)  Jesus revealed who God is, by becoming human, and other humans could then look upon God’s face.

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”  John 1:18, ESV

2.  Dr. White spent some time talking about a certain internet troll.

3.  Dr. White read the Second Century Proto-Evangelium of James, which shows that it was Gnostic tinged and heretical and was later used by the later early church and later by the Roman Catholic Church to dogmatically claim that Jesus “beamed out of” Mary and that she was a perpetual virgin, even in giving birth, that her hymen was not ruptured.

Posted in Spiritual growth, The Proto-Evangelium of James (2nd Century), The Transfiguration of Jesus | 2 Comments

The Jesus Film

The Jesus Film, which has been translated into many languages.  The first 8 minutes are an introduction based on Genesis and the prophets; and then the rest is all straight from the Gospel according to Luke.

Posted in Evangelism, Gospel according to Luke, Gospel Truth, Historical Jesus, Prophesy Fulfilled | 25 Comments

A one text sermon – John 1:12

This gentleman passed away today at the age of 91.  What a great message from John 1:12.  This was also the verse that was first told to me when I was 16 years old and the verse that God used to grip my heart some 39 years ago.

Posted in Gospel according to John, Gospel Truth, Relationship with Jesus Christ, Salvation | 10 Comments

The Disappearing Middle Ground and the Coming Conflict, by Denny Burk



see also here, for analysis of Gushee’s article.

and other article on the same issue.

Posted in Hollywood cultural agenda, Homosexuality, moral corruption of culture, Morality and Ethics in Government, The gay agenda, Transgenderism

A Very Substantive Dividing Line Program

A very substantive Dividing Line by Dr. White, especially in responding to a Roman Catholic named Allan Ruhl on the RC priesthood, church history, and development of doctrine.

Allan Ruhl’s article is here.


Dr. White also covered Mike Licona’s statement that he (Licona) ignores Dr. White’s analysis of Licona’s take on the gospel of Mark and Bethsaida and inerrancy (from the previous DL program), and some comments on the “non-debate”, that was suppossed to be on Romans 9, which Calvary Chapel Pastor Steve Tassi ignored and has made other comments also.

Posted in Development of Doctrine, Roman Catholic false practices, Roman Catholicism, The Book of Hebrews, The Priesthood

Debate: Islam and Dhimmitude

Posted in Dhimmi / Dhimmitude, Islam, Jihad, Muslims | 3 Comments