SCRIPTURES:   James 1:13-15; 1 Cor 6:18-20; Ephesians 5:3

BOTTOM LINE:  MARGIN is the amount available beyond what is Necessary.  What kind of MARGIN do we have?

QUESTION:  Do we have Distance between us and Temptation?

DOWNLOAD:    James 1:13-15 … “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’  For God can not be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.  But, each one is tempted, by his own evil desire …” 

A couple weeks ago, we talked about how we’re all sort of “Out of Alignment” w/ God so to speak right?  Culture is trying to pull us into on-coming traffic … or into the ditch … and by his own evil desire … he is what????

James 1:13-15 … “…  But, each one is tempted, by his own evil desire he is dragged away [and what?] and enticed.  Then after desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.

The Bible says we are … dragged away and enticed … and the word translated as enticed comes from the Greek word deleazo … and it means to entrap, to allure, to entice, or very literally it means to hook; it’s a fishing term used to catch w/ bait.

Our spiritual enemy is trying to hook us into something that would cause sin to be born; because sin, when it’s full grown, doesn’t lead to life … but it leads to death.  Enticed, lured, baited, hooked; and I never thought this would happen to me, right?

ILLUSTRATION:  How Far is Too Far? 

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 … “FLEE [the Bible doesn’t say Flirt … it doesn’t say get as close as you can … the Bible says what?]  FLEE from sexual immorality .

The Greek Word translated there for FLEE is the Greek word pheugo … which means to run away; it means to shun; to escape; it means to distance oneself … Pheugo from sexual immorality; FLEE … get out of town … put some distance in there … Put some MARGIN between us and Temptation … Run, Forest, Run

Man … we’ve got to stop asking ourselves how close we can get to the line … but the WISE person is gong to put significant MARGIN and significant distance between us and sexual temptation.


APPLICATION:   Thise may sound CRAZY … but I’d probably land w/ unusual, but we’re hoping for unusual results in our lives … so here’s some things that I would say fall into the WISE category …… I would encourage us to …

1. Dress for Spiritual Success.

2. Keep 4 Feet on the Floor.

3. No Sleep Overs or Playing House.

4. No Making Out.

5. Avoid Dangerous Places.

6. Monitor Your Internet Activity.

7. Avoid Time Alone w/ the Wrong People.

8. Guard Your Eyes, Your Heart & Your Mind.