DELIVER US FROM TEMPTATION!
This weekend we are resuming our Sermon on the Mount series called “Counterculture Christians.” This weekend’s message focuses on praying for God to deliver us from temptation and from the evil one. In Matthew 6:13, Jesus said, “Therefore, you should pray like this…And do not bring us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”
Many ideas in the Bible are expressed as couplets: two concepts that mean the same but are stated in different ways. That is the case with this statement in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus is instructing us to ask for deliverance from Satan; otherwise, we will undoubtedly fall into temptation. We should note that Jesus assumes we will be in prayer daily, as in the statement, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Therefore, we must keep a daily vigil against our enemy. In this prayer, not only do we recognize our own weakness and the enemy’s strength, we also recognize the all-surpassing power of God who is our Defender. And, we are to ask for deliverance before the time of temptation. Once we are in the middle of the battle, it is very hard to think clearly. Each day, we should expect to face some form of temptation, so we must keep ourselves in a continual state of readiness.
Pray Lord, I confess that I have fallen into temptation many times. I recognize my weakness and turn to you for strength. Shield me from my enemy and keep me from falling.
James wrote, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” In resisting the enemy with the strength and wisdom God supplies, we will grow strong against the devil.
We should remember that the name of Jesus carries great power. When we use his name, we are claiming his authority and acting on his behalf. All demonic powers must obey. In his temptation in the wilderness, Jesus finally cried out, “Away with you, Satan!” Also, when Satan used Simon Peter to tempt Jesus to avoid the cross, Jesus replied, “Get behind me, Satan.” As Jesus did, we should also learn to speak against the enemy using the name of Jesus.
Please make plans to join us this weekend as we focus on seeking God's deliverance from Satan and his temptations - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 9:00 and 11:00am. We look forward to seeing you!
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We look forward to seeing you next Thursday afternoon, Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!