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Topic: Temptation(s)

Episode Topic Audio

2021-06-08
Temptation of Jesus: Can you help me assess what was involved in the temptation of Christ?



2021-06-07
Temptation of Christ: When James says we are tempted by our own desires, then how does that apply to Jesus' temptation? [James 1:13-14, Matthew 4:1-11, Hebrews 4:15].



2021-05-13
Sinlessness in Heaven-Why Not Sin Free Here: If sin doesn't exist in heaven, how will God bring us to a state of sinlessness? If this could be achieved, why didn't He do that to begin with? [Romans 7:24-25, Galatians 5:17].



2021-05-11
Temptation in the Wilderness: Regarding the temptations in the wilderness, are there four, rather than three, because of the difference in the two gospels? [Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13]
Losing One's Own Soul: Are the different words used for soul & life in the text significant when asking what does one gain if they lose their own souls ? [Matthew 16:26, Mark 8:36].


2021-04-28
Why Didn't God Create us Better?: Why didn't God create us with stronger desires to do good and more self-control?



2021-04-13
Seven Churches Warning to Us: Do churches today face the same warnings as did the seven churches in Revelation?
Wealth & Riches Cause for Concern: Regarding the church of Laodicea's warning about them being wealthy and comfortable, how do we relate to that? [I Timothy 6:6-11, Matthew 13:1-9, Revelation 3:14-22].


2021-04-12
The Struggle in Temptation for Adam vs Paul: Could you talk more about the choices we make, the choices Adam & Eve made, and the warfare Paul describes in walking the Christian life? [Genesis 3:6, Romans 7:23, I Timothy 6:17].
Adam, Eve & the Holy Spirit: Did Adam & Eve have the Holy Spirit in them? [Galatians 5:17].


2021-04-09
God Created a Flawed World: If God is all powerful and wise, why did He create such a flawed creation, and create beings that did not have the self-control to do the right thing? [Deuteronomy 30:11].
God's Foreknowledge: If God has foreknowledge, why would He bother testing us, if He already knows the outcome?


2021-04-06
God Trusted Job: Did God trust Job? [Job 1-2].



2021-03-31
Making Difficult Commitments and Promises: How do you know what to make a commitment to, so that one won't eventually break it and sin?, as in the temptation of something like pornography?



2021-03-25
Temptation of Christ: Why would Satan try to tempt Jesus?



2021-03-17
The Devil Made Me Do it: Does the Devil make us sin, or are we simply tempted by the Devil to sin?



2021-03-08
Jesus' Temptation: Was Jesus' temptation physical or visionary one? Where would one draw the line determining this? [Matthew 4:1-11].



2021-02-24
Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Could you talk about "Lead us not into Temptation"? [James, Luke 4, Matthew 6:13, Luke 22:40].



2021-02-10
Spiritually Disadvantaged in Cities: Do you think that there is more concentrated sin in areas of dense populations, and are the people more spiritually disadvantaged living there?
Homeschooling & Socialization: If you are homeschooling your children, what do you do about socializing them?


2020-12-22
The Name Jeshua or (Yeshua): What do you make of those who think that Jeshua (Yeshua, Jesus) means Zeus?
The Importance of Pronouncing Jesus: Is the idea that God can't hear you, unless you know the proper pronunciation of Jesus (Jeshua) total nonsense?
Sin Not Always Repulsive: Why is it that sometimes I find certain sins repulsive and other times not so? [Proverbs 4:23, I John 1:9]].

2020-12-16
Satan's Purpose: If Satan was a created being, and not a fallen angel, then why was he created? [James 1:12-18].



2020-11-13
Pornographic Temptation & Prayer Challenge: I am suffering extra temptation when I am praying against the whole realm of pornography, how should I react against these attacks? [James 5:16, Matthew 18:20, Ephesians 6:12]



2020-11-04
Conversion's Elation Expected to Last: As a former Mormon, as I moved away from religion, I have found in my new trust in Christ, a notable difference to the better. Should I expect this high to continue indefinitely? [I Peter 5:8-10].



2020-11-03
Jesus Capable of Sin: Could Jesus have sinned if He had chosen to? [Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 26:53].



2020-10-22
Human or God-man Jesus: Was there no human man that was Jesus, but only a God man that became Jesus, as William Lane Craig stated?
Jesus or God Tempted: If Jesus was God how could He have been tempted, if God cannot be tempted? [Matthew 4:1-11, Hebrew 4:15].


2020-10-02
Suffering Guilt, Temptation, and Failure to Follow Christ in Reality: Could you help me understand the concept of "dying to myself & Christ living in me" when I don't really do or obey as I should. [Galatians 2:20].



2020-09-16
God Should Not Repent: What does it mean that God is not a man that He should repent? [Number 23:19].
Dead to Sin: What does it mean that we should be "dead to sin"? [Romans 6:11, Romans 5:16-21 ].


2020-09-03
Controlling One's Temper: Could you give me advise on how to control my temper better?
When Anger is Not Sin: If I used my anger in a positive way, then is it no longer sinful? [Isaiah 53:7, Ephesians 4:26-30].


2020-08-26
Steve Gregg's New Book on the Kingdom: When is your new book coming out and will it deal with Dispensational views?
Jesus Didn't Inherit Mary's : How could Jesus not inherit Mary's sinful human nature, since she was just human? [Genesis 3, Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, Romans 8:4, Galatians 5:16].


2020-07-16
Homosexuals Can't Help It: Did you say that you think that some gay people can't necessarily help how they are tempted.



2020-07-15
Satan Taking Up Residency in Christian Lives: Could you tell me what the Bible says about Satan taking up residency in the minds and lives of Christians? [Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 16:23, Genesis 3:6].



2020-07-08
Why Did God Create the Evil Realm: If God is so good and all-powerful, why would He create a evil realm, its consequences, and competition for righteousness?



2020-06-25
Job's Awareness of Satan: What did Job know about Satan and the meaning of his suffering? [Job].
Concern About Satan: Should we be concerned about what Satan is planning and doing? [Job].


2020-06-15
Book of Job: Could you help me with the implications of the story of Job? Does God have to give permission to Satan to inflict us? [Job, Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91:11-12, Romans 8:28, I Peter 1:7].



2020-06-10
Christians Devoured by the Devil: Does the verse about the devil being like a lion seeking to devour us, how does this apply to Christians? [I Peter 5:8].
Thoughts from the Devil: Can the devil actually put thoughts into your heads? [Matthew 16:23].
Jesus Seeing the Devil: Did Jesus actually see the devil when he was tempted in the wilderness?

2020-06-01
Origin of Sin: From where do you think sin originated?



2020-05-12
Born Again & Sinlessness: I don't seem to understand what it means to be born again, because the Bible says you won't sin. Can you help me know how to accomplish this? [I John 3:9].
Confessing Your Sins to One Another: Every time we sin we are supposed to confess to our brother, so so I have to go do that all that time? [James 5:16].
Christ in Me Should not Allow Sin in Me: If I have Christ in me, how can I still sin? Am I not to overcome the devil? It is really hard! [Galatians 5:17, Philippians 3, I John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 23, Matthew 11:29, Matthew 26:41].

2020-05-08
God's Intention in Creation: Can you clarify your position that God did not intend for this creation to be corrupted and people to fall? [Genesis].
God Omniscience Questioned in the Creation: If God is omniscient, why then would He go forward with the creation, knowing that it would be corrupted and He would have to wipe everyone out?
Sin in Heaven & No Free Will: Would it not follow that the only way there will be no sin is in heaven, is if our free will is taken from us?

2020-04-02
Book of Job: Would you share your thoughts about the critical comments of Job's friends, including, Elihu, in the book of Job? [Job 42].
A Bet Between God & Satan in Job: Isn't it a bit ridiculous to think the story of Job is really only about a bet between Job and Satan? [Job].


2020-04-01
Test & Temptation in the Lord's Prayer: Is the word used in the Lord's Prayer for "temptation" the same as "test"? [Matthew 6:9-13].
Lord's Prayer -Thy Kingdom Come: What does it mean in the Lord's Prayer, "thy kingdom come"? [Matthew 6:9-13, 12:28, 16:24-26, Exodus 19:6, Daniel 2:44, Mark 1:15, Luke 17:21, 9:23, Colossians 1:13].


2020-03-18
Lead Us Not Into Temptation: In the Lord's prayer, we are informed that God leads us into temptation. That is not what God should do, right? [Matthew 6:13, 4:1, Luke 4:1].



2020-03-18
Who is Left Behind: In Matthew when speaking about those left behind, who do you think the ones left behind are? Are they being left behind for judgment? [Matthew 24:40].
Beating Sin's Temptation: When we are face tempting sin, how do we beat the temptation to continue to be right with God? [James 1].


2020-02-18
Tree of Good & Evil: Why did God not want Adam & Eve to eat of the "Tree of Good & Evil", since knowing good and evil clearly would be beneficial? [Genesis 2:15-17].
Tree of Knowledge Death Penalty: Why would death be the penalty for Adam & Eve Eating of the Tree of Knowledge?


2020-02-13
Sin vs Temptation: If you don't actually act out a sin, but you keep entertaining thoughts of that sin, are you sinning? [James 1:15].



2019-12-23
Struggling with Temptation & Obedience: What does one do when they still have desire to do things that one does not wish to do? [Romans 7:15,19]



2019-11-20
Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Would you comment on the confusing line in The Lord's Prayer, that says, "lead us not into temptation"? [Luke 17:1, Matthew 4:1, 6:13].



2019-10-07
Satan & His Temptations: When Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan", was Peter temporarily possessed? [Zech 3, Job 1-2].



2019-10-02
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous): Caller comment: Twelve Step programs can work with Christianity .
Lead us Not into Temptation: Would you talk a little bit about the line in the Lord's Prayer, "lead us not into temptation"? [Matthew 6:13, Luke 4, ].


2019-08-30
God Protecting Us: Do you think that God protects us when He doesn't want us to be tempted or tested, like the hedge put around Job?
The Lord's Prayer: In the Lord's Prayer, is the "us" talking about myself and the Holy Spirit?


2019-08-09
God Creator of Sin, Evil & Temptation: If God created everything, then did he also create evil, sin and temptation? [James 1, Deuteronomy 13:1-3].



2019-07-17
Satan in the Garden of Eden: Why was Satan allowed to be in the Garden of Eden, if the garden was "very good"? It seems like a set-up to fail. [Genesis 3], 2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 5:10].



2019-07-16
Lust vs Attraction: Is it really adultery if you lust, if neither person is married? [James 1:14-15, I Timothy 5:2].
Jesus Tempted to Lust: Did Jesus actually have the same temptations as we do, such as, lust? [Hebrews 4:15].


2019-07-16
Sinful Nature: Do you believe we inherited anything in the fall, such as a sinful nature, that Jesus did not inherit, particularly in light of the quandary about His ability to be tempted like us? [Genesis 3:5-6, Romans 5:12-18].



2019-04-26
Testing & Jesus' Temptation: What would you say is the ultimate temptation?



2019-04-22
Temptation: What does it mean when scripture says, 'He will save us from the hour of temptation'? Being kept from the wicked one [Revelation 3:10, John 17:15, Luke 17:1} withering seed, quickly fall away [Matthew 13: 20-21, Psalms 140:4].
Homosexuality: What about a pastor who condemns Homosexuals as reprobate? [I Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 1:28].


2019-04-09
Lead not into Temptation: What does it mean in The Lord's Prayer, when it says, "lead us NOT into temptation"? Understanding the concept of the "limited negative."[Luke 4:1, Matthew 6:13, I Corinthians 10:13]



2019-03-26
Adam & Eve's Banishment: If Jesus said, “its not what goes into a man that defiles a man” [Matthew 15: 11, 17-20], why were Adam & Eve banned from the garden for eating? Considering the test in the garden.[Genesis 2].



2019-03-18
Tribulation & Testing: Are the verses about being kept, or kept from the wicked one, about being protected from trials and testing, as in the Roman world? Is this related to the pre-trib rapture and the tribulation? [John 17:15].



2019-03-08
Temptation: Is it true that God will always deliver people from their temptations [I Corinthians 10:13]?



2019-03-06
New Earth: Will we still have temptations and free will, and be able to disobey, when we are on the new earth? If the angels chose to sin, will we be able to?



2019-02-14
Tempted by Satan or the Flesh: What percentages are we tempted by Satan verses how much we are tempted by our flesh?



2019-01-23
Sinless Perfection or Entire Sanctification: Would you talk about the doctrine of "sinless perfection" (or "entire sanctification), and why is it a heresy? [Galatians 5:17-25, I Corinthians 10:13].



2019-01-15
Satan's Influence: If only God can read our minds, than how does Satan gain access to influence and tempt us?



2018-12-07
Testing: There's a lot of testing on this side of glory, but why are some people tested way more that others?



2018-11-30
Jesus being tempted with sex: Jesus wasn't ever tempted with sex, was He?



2018-11-27
Temptation & Sin: What is the difference between the temptation & sin? when does it change from temptation to sin?



2018-11-26
Jesus' Temptation: What was the divine aspect of Jesus while on earth? temptation vs sin; the temptation of Christ?



2018-11-16
God Testing us: If God knows everything, then why would He need to test us?



2018-10-29
Pornography: I've been struggling with fear & purity because I keep continuing with the temptation of pornography



2018-10-15
Facing Temptation: What does it mean to face temptation? Jesus faced it, but how did He overcome it?



2018-08-28
Satan the Tempter: If Satan is a tester/tempter & a deceiver, how do those two things not contradict one another?
Best Format of Bible, Paper or Electronic: Reading a Physical paper Bible over an electronic device, which is better?


2018-08-17
Lord's Prayer: Is not leading us into temptation talking about being delivered from the temptation of possibly not wanting to forgive people?



2018-08-03
The Impeccability of Jesus: Could Jesus have sinned? [Hebrews 5:7]
Surrendering to God: What does it mean to surrender to God?
Lust: What does the word "lust" mean?

2018-06-20
Jesus' Temptation: Caller thinks Jesus wasn't really tempted like we would be....but just tempted.



2018-06-19
Jesus' Temptation: Why was Jesus able to resist temptation?
Praying to Jesus: Why do we pray to Christ (instead of God the Father)?
Church Named After Christ: Why is His name in the church?

2018-06-14
Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil: Why not know the knowledge of good and evil in the first place so God could've prevented all of this?
Fall & the rest of Creation: Why did all the rest of creation have to fall & be corrupted as a result as Adam & Eve's sin? [Gen 3:17, Romans 6:23]


2018-05-10
Resist not Evil, Resist Satan: Can you please explain to me these contrasting Scriptures about Resisting? [Matthew 5:39, James 4:17, 5:8-9]



2018-04-20
Jesus Being Tempted: Was Jesus really tempted? Can we be tempted w/out sinning?



2018-04-02
Original Sin - Lust of the Flesh: I always thought we got a sinful nature from Adam & Eve, but the Bible talks about being drawn away by our lusts, whether it's food, sex, so were we possibly born with a lust of the Flesh?



2018-03-08
The Devil's Powers: Does satan have powers to control us?
Our Carnal Nature: Are we being tempted of ourselves, our flesh, our carnal nature, just as much as we are being tempted by Satan?


2017-12-27
Satan an Angel: Was Satan an angel? Satan argued with God about Job, Jesus saw him falling out of heaven, so can you just explain about Satan?



2017-11-17
Falling in Eternity: What if I can't go the distance in the next life, in the new heaven & earth, since we are required to be good SO long; for eternity?



2017-11-01
God Leading People into Temptation: Did God cause Jesus to be tempted? James says that God does tempt us, but then in the Lord's Prayer it we are supposed to say, "lead us NOT into temptation", praying to God saying that. How do you reconcile these verses? [James 1:13, Matthew 6:13]



2017-10-30
Satan Oppression or Just Bad Luck: How do we know when it's Satan attacking us or it's just bad luck, & is it important to know the difference between the 2?



2017-10-26
The Temptation of Jesus: How was the devil able to Jesus all the Kingdoms of the world in a "moment of time" during the temptation? [Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13]
Water Baptism or Baptism of Holy Spirit: Is this walking about water baptism or the Holy Spirit? [Romans 6:3-4]


2017-10-03
Temptation of Christ in the Gospels: How come there's no mention of the temptation of Jesus in the gospel of John?



2017-09-27
God Not being able to be Tempted: Why does it say that God can't be tempted, but Jesus was tempted, can you clear up this conflict?



2017-08-31
Context of Scripture & Cherry Picking: What can you say about people saying you are are just saying take the Bible in Context so they can skillfully cherry pick from the Bible, but not really taking it in context? Exegesis over proof-texting.
Once Saved, Always Saved: So you say people can lose their salvation? What about people who go through a rough period of time, & go out & perform willful sin? Are they lost during that period of time?


2017-08-15
Overcoming the Flesh: What's the proper way to overcome the flesh? What is the difference between temptation & sin?



2017-07-13
Jesus' Temptation: God says He tempts no man, but the Jesus had to go through the temptation, so how do these reconcile w/ each other? [James 1:13]



2017-07-11
Satan Being Omnipresent: How can people be pestered by satan at the same time on the earth if he's not omnipresent?



2017-04-25
Being Tempted by the Devil: Is there any evidence in Scripture that the devil can put thoughts into our mind?te
Gospel in a Nutshell: How would you phrase what the gospel is n a nutshell?
Gifts of the Spirit: So even if i don't have the gift of mercy, am i not supposed to still show mercy?

2017-03-24
Overcoming Trials: Can you give me some verses that will encourage me w/ the trials that I've been going through the last 3 months?



2017-03-13
Adam & Eve Sinning: Did God know that Adam or Eve were going to sin?



2017-03-08
God Disciplines those He Loves: God chastens those that He loves, so is that why He allows suffering & trials? [Hebrews 12]



2017-01-18
Temptation: Wanting to have obedience to Jesus, but being tempted to do wrong.



2016-02-26
Spiritual Attacks or God's Testing: I'm trying to differentiate between having spiritual attacks from the devil or is God orchestrating testing?



2015-10-14
The Existence of the Devil & Evil: If Christ is all knowing, why did He create the Devil & evil?



2015-09-03
Satan a Fallen Angel or the Tempter: If Satan was created at the Tempter, we'd have to attribute evil to God because Satan would have no culpability? Why would God judge Satan? You couldn't really say Satan was evil then.



2015-07-27
"Lead us not into Temptation": Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted, so is this saying that God leads US to the Devil as well? [Matthew 4:1]



2015-04-21
Open Theism: Are there just some things that God does not know? Such as, Why the Tree of Knowledge if He knew Adam & Eve were going to eat it? Why the Abraham & Isaac test? [Genesis 3:4-7]



2015-01-13
Attacked from the enemy: How would you describe being attacked by the enemy (the devil)?



2014-12-12
Lust thoughts crossing your mind (Sin & Temptation): What if a lustful thought crosses your mind, but you'd never act on it? When is it sin or just temptation?



2014-11-06
Rejoicing in Temptation/Tests: Should we be embracing what we are struggling w/ life, having temptations? We should just be rejoicing in them? [James 1]



2014-10-28
Practicing Lesbianism: Is there a difference between being gay & not practicing, like heterosexuals not practicing fornication, & being gay & practicing it? Are you still sinning just for being gay or lesbian even though you aren't practicing?



2014-08-01
God Testing us - or not: Why in some places of the Bible does it say that God tests us, but in James it says God does NOT tempt us? Is it 2 different things? [James 1:13-18, Luke 4:1]



2014-07-24
Prayers an Abomination: I heard a preacher recently say that if we have any sin in our heart, God will not answer us. Is that true? [Psalms 66:18, Proverbs 28:9]
The Perfect Christian: Some people seem to have a wrong idea of what being a Christian is. It doesn't mean you are PERFECT at all times.
Satan tempting: Does Satan try to get us to think we are the only ones going through a sin/temptation & that it's okay to succumb to it? [1 Peter 5:8-9]

2014-07-22
Character Test: God tests us, & we need to pass the tests & Fear the Lord. [1 Corinthians 10:13]



2014-05-19
Devil a Fallen Angel: If the Devil is not a Fallen Angel, then God must've had some purpose in creating him? What is the difference between temptation & testing?



2014-05-16
Job's Suffering: Caller thinks Job's suffering should take a little longer amount of time than Steve said in a recent answer to a question about Job.
Lusting after a woman: Caller wonders if Steve agrees w/ him that it's the number of times you look at a woman as to whether it becomes lust or not, & did he mention that in a previous call?


2014-04-09
Casting Satan to Earth: Why did God cast Satan to planet Earth right where human beings were going to be?



2014-03-31
Satan: How could God be mad at Satan in the Garden of Eden for tempting Eve if He created Satan to be the tester? [Genesis 3]



2013-01-16
The Lord's Prayer - Lead Us Not into Temptation: "Lead us not into temptation", what did Jesus mean by this, God not leading us into Temptation?


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