Far from being above temptation, the enemy of our souls would love nothing more than to prompt the fall of a servant leader. He knows the collateral damage would be great, causing disappointment at least and a high potential for disillusion in the church and community. How do you stay vigilant against these temptations as a pastor?
Find a trusted accountability partner as you read about the temptation Joseph faced in Genesis 39.
Consider together your responses to these 5 Temptations of Every Pastor…
Pretense. You don’t deny reality. You face it squarely and confess it freely. We are pretty adept at not only convincing others, but ourselves. Humbly guard against convincing yourself that you are above temptation.
Pride. You don’t seek to gain prominence. You give recognition to God, your team and others. It’s too easy to believe that the success of your ministry can be directly traced to you.
The diagnosis… Pride. This is the sin from which all others follow.
The prescription… “He must become greater; I must become less.” – John (John 3:30, NIV)
Position. You don’t seek to gain stature. You assume a posture. Think Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and maintain that posture in the way you live and lead in thought, word and action.
Power. You don’t grow your influence. You serve servants on your way to making disciples. The power you have been granted is to serve only to grow the prominence and at the eternal pleasure of Jesus.
Passion. You don’t pursue pleasure. You practice the presence of God through His Spirit and Word. Your daily time alone with God in His Word and prayer will be the wind that fans the flames of your passion for intimate purity in Christ Jesus.
Keep Paul’s admonishment to the believers in Corinth at the ready…
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – Paul (1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV)
Peak Pause: What do you feel are the 3 top temptations for pastors?
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Confess it… “I am tempted by ___________________, and I need help to overcome.”
Through the Spirit, Word and the accountability and encouragement of others, we can practice what we preach as pastors and overcome the temptations that we all face!
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Excerpt from PEAK Pastors – Temptations
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