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Title: Breaking Free From The Strongholds Of Temptation. (Outline).


I. Introduction

A. Share a personal story of overcoming temptation or open with a relevant quote

B. Define temptation and strongholds

1. Temptation: the desire to do something incredibly wrong or unwise

2. Strongholds: a place where a particular cause or belief is vigorously defended or upheld

II. Biblical Foundation: Temptation in the Scripture

A. The temptation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-7)

B. The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11)

C. The apostle Paul's struggle with temptation (Romans 7:14-25)

III. The Sources of Temptation

A. The devil (1 Peter 5:8)

B. Our desires (James 1:14)

C. The world around us (1 John 2:15-17)

IV. Identifying Personal Strongholds

A. Recognize our areas of vulnerability

B. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal our blind spots (Psalm 139:23-24)

C. Seek wisdom from trusted mentors or spiritual leaders

V. Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

A. The power of God's Word

1. Jesus using Scripture to resist Satan's temptations (Matthew 4:1-11)

2. Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

B. Prayerwholepersonal as a weapon against temptation (Matthew 26:41)

C. Accountability to fellow believers (James 5:16)

D. Fleeing from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13)

E. Putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)

VI. The Role of Grace in Overcoming Temptation

A. God's grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9)

B. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)

C. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

VII. Testimonies and Examples

A. Share testimonies of individuals who have overcome temptation and broken free from strongholds

B. Use illustrations and quotes from well-known Christians who have fought and overcome temptation

VIII. Conclusion

A. Recap the importance of breaking free from the strongholds of temptation

B. Encourage the congregation to take practical steps to overcome temptation

C. Offer a time of Prayer for those struggling with temptation and strongholds

D. Close with an inspiring quote or verse, such as 1 Corinthians 15:57 - "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

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