"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever Amen."
(Matthew 6:13 KJV)
Tempting or testing. "While the number of terms denoting temptation and testing is small, their range of meaning is wide, extending from a secular sense of trying something out to a religious sense of luring toward evil." (Elwell, Walter A. "Entry for 'Temptation, Test'. "Evangelical Dictionary of Theology". . 1997.) This definition tells you that temptation and testing mean the same thing. That Biblically, the temptation may be only trying something out, but could extend to being lured into doing something evil. What do you do if you know it is wrong or evil? For if you are thinking about how it can be done or if you are doing it, you are sinning. Then Our Awesome God becomes involved. It is no longer a temptation or a testing. You have stepped into the evil of sin. A sin you need to get rid of.
We need to avoid unnecessary temptation though God does give you a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Here are a few things to help you avoid temptations: 1) Pray (Matthew 6:13), 2) Use the Bible, (2 Corinthians 10:4), 3) Know Your Weaknesses (James 1:14), 4) Flee from the Temptation (2 Timothy 2:22), 5) Have an Accountability Network (James 5:16), 6) Don’t be Discouraged, and 7) Confess and Repent.
We need to remember that the mind is subject to the will. Each of us chooses what we think about and Our Awesome God will help us if we pray. We have the ability to screen, select, and admit what goes into our minds. When we perceive something, we must immediately evaluate them through the "filter" of God's Word. If we find ourselves lingering on a thought or impression, we need to think, "What does the Bible say about this?" and then, "If I continue thinking or doing this, what will the consequences be?" Finally, "Is this what God wants me to do or think about?" And ultimately, "Am I sinning?"
We can control our impulses, thoughts, and actions with our will. So don’t forget, we want to do all for the glory of Our Awesome God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Remember the importance of belonging to a church that reads their Holy Bible, prays and preaches that Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins and rose on the third day, a church that encourages you to become more Christ-like every day, for we can always use help.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM we have AWANA for children and Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows.
Flo & Bill