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And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. | Week of September 28

Matthew 6:13, And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

From the sermon series: When you pray…

This line in the Lord’s Prayer comes immediately after our request that God forgive our sin. This shows the correlation between us being forgiven of our sin, and then our desire to no longer do that sin or even be tempted by it. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can be victorious over our sin and the evil one.

God will never be the one who tempts us or tries to get us to fall into sin. However, He allows us to be in situations where temptation is present. In these situations, we are able to demonstrate our free will – by choosing God over the evil one. The words of Paul in Romans 5:3-4 offer a new perspective for us during these times – …we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. In these testing moments of temptation and struggle, we can choose God, knowing that through the experience, He gives us the strength to persevere and grow.

Journal Prompt: In moments of temptation, what helps you to choose God over the evil one?

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