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Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist anything, except temptation.”
As humorous as that is, it is sadly true. Resisting temptation is really tough when you consider the powerful lures of the world.
“For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16
Today, I want to continue looking at the Kingdom Prayer Plan that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6. The spotlighted phrase is: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” This is our Kingdom Protection.
The Father God is the protector of our souls in a dangerous time. Frankly, it’s dangerous pretty much ALL the time because the Great Liar (Satan) awaits to steal, kill and destroy. However, we know that God has given us his Son who extends life and strength to his children to overcome the enemy. That includes the intense temptation thrown at us constantly.
The Apostle Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 10:12,13 – “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
What is the way of escape? How can we be delivered from temptation?
1. Catch it. An important first step is to recognize temptation for what it is. When we see it sneaking in through the back door, call it out. Name it. Catch it red-handed before it becomes fully formed in our hearts.
2. Confess it. Next it’s vital to confess it to someone you trust. This is called accountability. It doesn’t come naturally, and your flesh will really fight it. But you can fight back. Take the necessary steps, make the appropriate calls to confess the temptation. By bringing it into the light the work of the enemy is defused.
3. Correct it. Often times temptation finds opportunity in our lives through wrong thinking. Catch it, correct it then take those thoughts captive and allow the Lord to correct us. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”