Elect Lady's Corner
Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
Lead Me Not Into Temptation But Bless My Going In and My Going Out!
As we read what is called the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, verse 13a catches our attention; in which Jesus said we should pray: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” So, what is temptation, and what do we need to be delivered from? Temptation is defined as: “the desire to do something, esp. wrong or unwise. Or a thing or course of action that attracts or tempts someone.” But James 1:13 says: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.” So, is this a contradiction! No, there is never contradiction in the word of God! It just needs to be rightly divided (or revealed)!
Once we pray to our heavenly Father and make our requests known to Him (v. 9-12), we must then pray that God keep us, from yielding to our old sinful ways and protect us from the wiles of the Evil one called Satan. “Lord, don’t let Satan loose upon us! And don’t leave us to ourselves!” We need God to bless our going in and bless our going out. King Solomon said in 2 Chronicles 1:10: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”
So, you never want to go into situations that God won’t bring you out of, because you may never get out! Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, but God brought Him out victoriously, and Jesus began His earthly ministry. Pharoah’s army on the other hand was led into the Red Sea and drowned and never came out, while the Children of Israel were led into the same Red Sea and came out victoriously and became a great nation.
Also, although the children of Israel were all led into the wilderness and wandered in the desert for 40 years, the older generation never came out, while the younger generation came out, and crossed over Jordon into the Promised Land. Again, remember Ananias and Sapphira both came in good as a part of the first New Testament church, but lied about money given to the church and never came out blessed but died in the process. So, never lean to your own understanding or justify yourself, but let God lead you and He will always bless your going in, and your coming out!
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