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Teach Us To Pray Part 8
Do Not Lead Us Into Temptation – Matthew 6:5-8
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Oct. 28th, 2018
- This morning, for our 8thinstallment in this series, our focus is on the part of the prayer where Jesus instructs us to pray about temptation. Last week the focus was on having right relationship with God and others by asking for forgiveness of the sins we have committed and forgiving those who have committed sins against us. That part of the prayer looked to the past.
- The part of the prayer we are looking at today looks to the future:
Matt 6:13 ESV
And lead us not into temptation,
- This request is forward looking so that we would not give into temptation this day. Temptation is a real issue for each one of us, so it is important for us to know a few things about temptation so that we will not be ensnared, damaged and defeated by it.
God does not tempt us
James 1:13-15 ESV
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
- God the Father cannot be tempted with evil – because there is nothing in Him that is drawn to it. Nor will He tempt anyone. If you think that “God” is tempting you or encouraging you to do evil, you are wrong. The devil will tempt us (see Matt 4:1-3; 1 Thess 3:5), but God will never do so. This is one of the tests to see if what you are thinking is inspired by God or not.
- However, God will test us in order to determine and display what is true of us, not to tempt us to do what is wrong. There are many scriptures in the Old and New Testament that show this to be true. Here are a few of them:
Ex 16:4 ESV
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
Deut 8:16 ESV
that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end
1 Chron 29:17 ESV
I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness
Zech 13:9 ESV
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
2 Cor 2:9-10 ESV
For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.
1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
1 Cor 3:13 ESV
each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
- Know the difference between a test and a temptation.A test is given by God to determine and display what we are made of. Temptation is given by the tempter to lead us and ensnare us with sin.
Being tempted is not a sin
- How do I know this? Because even Jesus was tempted . . . but He did not sin.
Heb 4:15 ESV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
- Jesus was tempted because He was human – to be tempted is to be human. He was fully man and fully God and he was able to withstand under it. He is God in the flesh, the incarnation. Why was this important?
Heb 2:17-18 ESV
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
- Jesus had to be like us in every respect so that there could be true mercy and He would be seen as faithful in His service of God. He pays for our sins, brings salvation, and provides help for us who are being tempted.
How to overcome temptation
Gal 6:1 ESV
Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
- Know your own weaknesses, know your own heart
Luke 4:13 ESV
And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
- Know when you are most vulnerable
James 1:14 ESV
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
- Know that there is a “hook” – that will bring you where you don’t want to go. Look for it!
- We usually don’t do this when we face temptation. It is not the first thing that comes into our mind.
Matt 26:41 ESV
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- This is why Jesus taught us to pray about not being led into temptation. Even though our spirit wants to do what is right, our flesh is weak.
Heb 2:18 ESV
he is able to help those who are being tempted.
- Jesus is able to help us. We must call out to him.
1 Cor 10:13b ESV
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
- You must look for a way out—it’s there! God promises to provide a way out.
- Temptation is different than burdens. We can never have too much temptation, but burdens can be too much. We must rely on God’s strength, hold onto hope, and have others pray for us (2 Cor 1:8-11)
2 Tim 2:20-3:1
Flee the evil desires of youth
1 Cor 6:18-20
Flee from sexual immorality.
- Don’t go to places and have things that are going to be a temptation for you.
- When it comes to temptation, pray, watch, escape.
- Also, by means of a P.S.
Matt 18:7-9 ESV
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
- Don’t be a source of temptation of or for other people.