14th Jun, 2023
Handling temptation (3)
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Mt 6:13 NIV
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Understand this: Satan is always trying to lead you into temptation, whereas the Holy Spirit who lives within you is always trying to deliver you from temptation. It is informative that while the Devil is named the tempter, he is also named the accuser.
"For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down" (Rev 12:10 NIV).
There is no such thing as fair play with the Devil. As soon as he gets you to give in to temptation, he will switch hats and try to convince you that because you have yielded to it, you're beyond God's grace and redemption. But Satan is a liar, and there is no truth in him. It's only when you deny your sin and reject God's mercy that you're beyond redemption.
The Bible says: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness'' (1Jn 1:8-9 NIV).
Some people are delivered from temptation instantly; others battle it for a long time before finding deliverance and victory. It's never a matter of God's unwillingness to extend grace to us but of our inability to receive it. So whether you come the easy way or the hard way, as long as your desire is to come to God, "He will also provide a way out" (1Co 10:13 NIV).
The easy way or the hard way.