Don’t Stay Trapped

Don’t Stay Trapped

What’s your way of escape. When you feel trapped or really lonely or scared like we all do. When no one see’s how worried you are, or scared you get sometimes and nobody see’s it, what’s your way of escape? Usually what the devil will do at this point of your life is tempt you.

God made you in his image and raised up his people in likeness.

The place that we escaped too became the place that they were enslaved in.

Mathew 4:1-11 And then Jesus was lead up into the wilderness to be temped by the devil.

It’s the same temptations to complain about. You are in a season of your life right now is like a wilderness. It’s a place where you have to learn how to survive. It’s a place you have to wrestle with a lot of emotions that you don’t have a lot of context for.

Jesus went up into the wilderness to fight the devil that you couldn’t win. How many of you know this, That same savior is still fighting for you right where you are.

There are only 3 Temptations

1. Lust of the flesh.

2. Lust of the eyes.

3. Pride of life.

If the devil can find you when you are hungry. The lust of the flesh. I’m hungry.

When you’re hungry, the lust of the flesh you’ll try to meet you need with sex. Here’s why that’s dangerous, because it will work for a while. Sex will feel just like love, and it will give you a release. You don’t have to feel guilty and ashamed of it, because every single person struggles with this. We all have struggled. So you don’t have to hide it.

The only issue is when you escape your loneliness with sex, eventually you will be a slave to what you escape to.

Temptation is tantalizing. It’s very good. There’s all different types of temptation, not just sex. The temptation is, I feel trapped. I need a way out. Thats why so many of us are addicted to our phones more than cocaine. You ever find yourself scrolling through things and not even paying attention to it.  It’s a way of escape. 
A lot of the things that look like the way of escape, If I could be popular. The hard thing about being popular but it’s not really you, just a version of you that you made up so that you think people can accept, now you feel like a actor always on stage, waiting for people to see is that really you.
The lust of the Eyes The devil took him up high on the mountain and showed him everything he could have. If you do it like the world does it, instead of trying to be a good christian, you can have it all.  Sometimes in your mind you see temptations, and it’s going on in your mind, and you don’t know why you’re being pulled to it. That’s the temptation in your mind. you don’t have to physically see it.
The devil say’s “Throw yourself off the edge of this cliff and prove yourself you’re the son of God.”
That’s the pride of life. 
You ever been walking around like, “Look at me. Please like this picture.” I need some attention. So now you’re posting a picture with half your clothes on. Look at me look at me. Problem is if you get them with that, now you gotta keep em with that. If that’s not who you really want to be, you’re trapped.
When you’re hungry you need to take compliments from people and do things to impress them but their compliments are empty because if they like you for something that is cosmetic it shows that they are a shallow person, so their compliment is void.
Do you have enough to be who you need to be? Do you know who you really are in Christ? 
 
The world will tell you, you’re not enough, you need all this stuff, and to do this and to be this way, and act a certain way.
This is what God say’s about you:
  1. I say I am weak, but God says He makes me strong.

“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect” (Psalm 18:32).

2. I recognize I am a sinner, but God says I am forgiven.

“I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus” (1 John 2:12).

3. I was abandoned, but God says I am adopted.

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).

4. I say I am broken, but God says He makes me whole.

“So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:10).

5. I say I am alone, but God says He is always with me.

“…Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

6. I say I am lost, but God says He gives me direction.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).

7. I say I am afraid, but God says I am powerful, loved, and have a sound mind.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

8. I say I am nothing special, but God says I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).