Saturday, June 20, 2015

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

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Psa 119:36
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. (KJV)

As a young believer, one thing I noticed was that even though I had accepted Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord, I still got tempted from time to time. Those early times, I did not understand why salvation would not erase all the possibility of being tempted to sin. I began to study the Bible for answers and I discovered the struggle between the flesh and the spirit is life- long (Gal 5:17). What redemption offers us is the grace to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit always. So in Christ, I braced myself for the long haul. One of my mentors used to say 'the Christian race is not a hundred meter dash; it is a marathon'.

One day the disciples asked the Lord Jesus to teach them prayer. The Lord gave them a principle of prayer now commonly called 'The Lord's Prayer'. One of the cardinal points of that prayer guide as taught by the Lord is "lead us not into temptation". And that is the thrust of our meditation this morning.

Our High Priest was also tempted while here on earth.  But the Scriptures testify that Jesus did not sin (Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 2:21-22). Therefore temptations are not for believers to fall into but overcome. Temptations come from our own desires (Jam 1:14) so with them, we are able to know how we are growing in the faith.

Our main text today- like the Lord's Prayer, teaches us to identify and pray temptations away from us. Is covetousness your besetting sin? Pray that God should incline your heart away from it. Is it some other sinful tendency? As you go into today, you can deal it a prayer-blow.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me in that area of weakness; where I am most tempted and susceptible. Strengthen me in your grace today and always. Amen.

By Adeolu Olumodeji

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