Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lead us not into temptation

This is something I'm currently wrestling with. So how do we deal with spiritual warfare? We grab our "sword." Here are some verses on dealing with temptation:

Matthew 4:1 [ The Temptation of Jesus ] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Mark 14:38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

Luke 22:40 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.

So what does this teach us?
  • God does not tempt us; temptation comes from Satan
  • I can pray to avoid temptation, or I can pray for God to help me deal with it when temptations arise
  • Jesus came & lived the perfect life- and if He was tempted during His life on earth, so will we.
  • God tells us to watch- meaning we have to be ready for it to come.
  • God doesn't say He won't let us be tempted- but He does say He won't let anything be thrown at us that we can't handle with His grace and mercy.

Sometimes I just need a reminder. Especially "on reaching the place."

1 comment:

Mary Anna said...

Reason #1 of many that you need to come work with me at Lifeway: There are in-house Bible Studies offered once a week during lunch breaks, and one of the current offerings is a women's study on spiritual warfare.

I'm SO going to sell you on this...