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“…God…gives endurance and encouragement….”  Romans 15:5 (NIV)



How do I respond to temptations?


Remind myself that I am not doing life __________________.


“I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished…”  Philippians 1:6 (NLT)


“I can do all things through (Christ) who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13 (NASB)



Realize that Jesus has _________________ my enemy.


“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”  1 John 3:8 (NIV)



Ask myself, “What would __________________ do in this situation?”


“Let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don’t think of ways to indulge your evil desires.”  Romans 13:14 (NLT)



Choose God’s _______________.


“God is faithful.  He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it.  When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)



What do I do when I fail?



              The assumption: 



“The apostle Paul said:  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 (NIV)



“There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 (TEV)



“God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.” Psalm 145:14 (MSG)



________________ I have failed.



“We all stumble in many ways.”  James 3:2 (NIV)



“For everybody has sinned and everybody continues to come short of God’s glory.” Romans 3:23 (Wms)



Assess _____________ I failed.


“It is the thought-life that defiles you.  For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.  All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you….”  Mark 7:20-23 (NLT)



Ask God for ____________________________.


“If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”  1 John 1:9 (NLT)



“God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him.  When I got my act together, He gave me a fresh start.”  Psalm 18:20 (MSG)



When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.  Day and night Your hand of discipline was heavy on me.  My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them.  I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.  And You forgave me!  All my guilt is gone.”  Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)



Access my _____________________.


“Do not cling to the events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago.  Watch for the new thing I’m going to do….”  Isaiah 43:18-19 (TEV)



Adjust my ______________________.



“Go now and leave your life of sin.”  John 8:11 (NIV)



“Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.” Proverbs 20:30 (TEV)



To change the way I live, I must change the way _______________________________.


Because of Jesus, I have:


              A new ____________________



“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…” 2 Corinthians 5:17a (NIV)



              New _________________________


“… the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17b (NIV)



              New _________________________


“I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

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