LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE
(How to Talk to God- Part 7)
Matthew 6:13-"… lead us not into peirasmos, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Peirasmos (Greek): a difficult/challenging situation in life
A temptation entices to sin, weakens me & brings me down
A test proves my character, improves it & strengthens me
The evil one seeks to turn tests into temptations
If prepared for it, it’s a test; if not, it’s a trap.
THINGS TO KNOW TO BE PREPARED FOR TESTING:
TESTING IS INESCAPABLE
Jms 1:2, 1 Pt 4:12; Prv 4:14,15
TESTING FOLLOWS A BASIC PATTERN:
TESTING HAS A PURPOSE
1 Pt 1:6-7
I need to to change more than I need my circumstances to be changed
Am I growing to hate not just the consequences of sin but sin itself?