‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:13)
It would be wonderful to think that once we accept Christ as our Savior, our struggle with sin would be over. But, anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time knows that this is not the case. Consider these words from the book of James.
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:13-14)
Much of our struggle with sin comes from within our own flesh. Paul wrote –
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:18-20)
The book of Galatians tells us that our flesh and our spirit are in a constant battle over the control of our nature. (see Galatians 5:17) Unfortunately, sometimes the flesh wins. What should we do whenever we sin? As we saw yesterday, we should first ask for forgiveness. But there is more. We should also ask for deliverance so that we will not commit this sin over and over again. Jesus told us to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”(Matthew 6:13) Let me share three ways Christ will answer that prayer-
1) He will provide a way to escape
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
2) He will help us to resist the devil
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:7-8)
3) He will encourage us to use our bodies as instruments that will bring God glory
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So, use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (Romans 6:12-13)
I pray that these devotionals on the Lord’s Prayer have been a blessing to you and that they will encourage you in your spiritual walk.
God bless you my brethren.