Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #194
 
How to Overcome Temptation, Part 70
 
Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
 
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
 
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
 
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Our lesson today is titled "How to Overcome Temptation, Part 70"
 
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, "common to man." We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
 
The sin that we are going to begin looking at today is the sin of "sloth." This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources -- one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called "the seven deadly sins" or the "cardinal sins." The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.
 
Today, we will start by looking at Genesis 2:15. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the "Onward Christian Soldiers" banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
 
Genesis 2:15
 
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
 
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Thomas Jefferson said, "Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."
 
Sloth, or laziness, is a great problem in our day. According to Bloomberg, Americans lose $27.8 billion a year by being lazy, and the U.S. has been deemed the world's laziest country. Some have cashed in on this common human foible with products such as the La-Z-Boy recliner, Lazy Beer, Lazy Cakes brownies, and books such as The Lazy Intellectual and The Lazy Gourmet. Most people will admit to some level of procrastination in their lives, or not working when they should work. But, there are many people who are chronically slothful. Sloth is their way of life. 
 
The Bible has many admonitions to the slothful, exhorting them to make wise use of their time by working hard. But, from the beginning of time, God has expected and instructed man to work. When man was created, the Bible tells us "the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Now, we understand that the first man Adam lived in a perfect environment. Eden was literally paradise. Man had no need of anything. Yet, God gives man work to do in the Garden.
 
Adam was to "dress and keep" his new home. The Hebrew word translated as "dress" means "to labour, to do work, or to serve." Although Eden was perfect, there were things that man could do to augment and improve his environment. For example, God left it up to man to name the animals. The Bible says, "The Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them." Imagine that! God, in His unmatched divine creativity, made thousands of species of animals and birds. He made man! Yet, He says, "You know what, I'm going to see what man will name these creatures. I'm not going to do all of this work alone. I'm going to delegate this work to man to do.
 
One of God's first acts in the new world was to ordain that man should work. Even in a world that arguably could have run itself, God wanted man to work.
 
If you struggle with lust or any sin, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.
 
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
 
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
 
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
 
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door". Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
 
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!