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The Lord's Prayer - Part 5
Lead Us Not into Temptation
We are now at the last verse of the Lord’s Prayer. It contains two phrases which are joined by the conjuction for which in this case would be understood to mean since or because.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
In other words, "Lord we belong to you and your kingdom. We’ve confessed and repented of our sins and have been washed in the precious blood of Jesus. We know that Satan is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8), but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4)."
James told us not to say that we are tempted of God (James 1:13), because it would be against His holy nature to tempt one of His children to sin. Rather, we are tempted when we are led astray of our own lust. This places the responsibility squarely on us. When I find myself being tempted, I need to remember the old computer term GIGO (Garbage IN Garbage Out). What am I reading? What am I watching? What am I singing? What about my prayer life?
Colossians 3:17 tells us that whatever we do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of Jesus, giving glory to God the Father by Him. Conversely, I should avoid anything at all that does not glorify God. If I continue in doing things that do not glorify God, I need not wonder why I am bombarded with temptation. Temptations will come to us all, but we don’t have to make the adversary’s job any easier. Do we?
We remember Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:8-9 to put off the things of the flesh.
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
While we put on the things of the Spirit - Colossians 3:10-14
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
When we are tempted, it is good to remember Jesus, our pattern and example. It behooved Him to be made like us that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God (Hebrews 2:17). He was tempted in all the same points as we, but yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Because He was tempted He is able to succour or comfort those who are likewise tempted (Hebrews 2:18). Scripture also reminds us that God will not allow us to be tempted above what we can bear and that with every temptation, we have a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13).
We can avoid much temptation by simply having our mind in the right place. As a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The kingdom, the power and the glory belong to Jesus and we are joint heirs with Him (Romans 8:17), but nothing will enter that hasn’t been washed in His blood (Revelation 21:27).
Jesus is our Mediator (Hebrews 8;6, 9:15, 12:24), our High Priest (Hebrews 9:11) and our Advocate (I John 2:1) between God and man. He intercedes on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25) and He’s pulling for us. When we find that Satan is trying to beset us, we have the right and the privilege to approach the throne of God boldly in time of trouble (Hebrews 4:16). We can be assured that when we cry out to Him, He will hear and deliver (Isaiah 42:3; Matthew 12:20). With assurance like that, we can't fail.
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HumorOne afternoon a little boy was playing outdoors. He used his mother's broom as a horse and had a wonderful time until it was getting dark. He left the broom on the back porch. His mother was cleaning up the kitchen when she realized that her broom was missing. She asked the little boy about the broom and he told her where it was. She then asked him to please go get it.
The little boy informed his mom that he was afraid of the dark and didn't want to go out to get the broom.
His mother smiled and said 'The Lord is out there too, don't be afraid'. The little boy opened the back door a little and said 'Lord if you're out there, hand me the broom'.
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