Deliver Us From Evil

  • March 14, 2013
  • #8054

When temptation comes your way, remember to pray, “Lord, lead me not into temptation.”

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to "Joni and Friends".

You know, many of us as Christians don't think much about the devil. We are very aware he’s there and is at work in the world; we acknowledge that he’s a powerful enemy, but we really don’t think he’s that much at work in our lives. We feel that once we’ve gotten a little Christian experience under our belts, you know, a little maturity, we minimize his influence on our hearts, or in our thoughts or attitudes or actions. I mean after all we’re on the winning side against Satan; we’re involved in church and Bible study; we’re not tempted to smoke, have an affair, curse, flirt with our coworker, drink too much or party 'til 2:00 a.m. That's beneath us. Other less mature Christians may struggle with those things, but not us. We’re aware of the devil’s schemes; we know what he’s up to; we’ve got his number. Well guess what: the devil is very aware that you think that way about him. He’s the one who has your number.

This is why the strongest Christians are the ones who are aware they are a huge target for everything and anything — and they know it. They are alert to the evil of which they are capable. For instance, I remember when I was first married, Ken and I would have a blow-up and I would say some really awful things. Sometimes, as I was saying them I couldn’t believe the words were coming out of my mouth! Later on, I would say to Ken, “Sweetheart, I just don’t know what happened there, but that just wasn’t me. I'm not like that. That’s not in my nature to blow-off like that.”

Well, you know what? It was me. I am like that. It is in my nature. And for me to be constantly aware of what I'm capable of … It’s humbling to confess what I know lurks in the deepest, unknown recesses of my heart, but acknowledging the sin I know I'm capable of is my best defense against the devil; for it is humility that characterizes those who are, indeed, strong and mature in the Lord. Humility is your most powerful defense against temptation. When your friend falls into sin, humility is quick to say, “Man, that could so easily be me.” Humility recognizes that we are susceptible to any temptation; it acknowledges that we are so weak, so inept and so powerless to stave off the schemes of the devil, that we must every day utterly cast ourselves at all times on God for help. It is then in God's strength — and God's alone — that we become victorious.

Question 127 in The Heidelberg Catechism states — now listen to this:

“‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ And what that means is, since we Christians are so feeble that we cannot stand by ourselves for one moment, and since our sworn enemies, the devil, the world, and our own sin, ceaselessly assail us, we must constantly pray ‘Lord, please preserve and strengthen us through the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may stand firm against the world the flesh and the devil, and not be defeated in spiritual warfare, until at last we obtain complete victory.’”

So friend remember, when you pray the Lord's Prayer and ask God, "Lead me not into temptation," you are asking Him to strengthen you through the Holy Spirit. You are asking Him for guidance as you tiptoe through the minefield the devil lays for you every day. You are asking Him to cause you to stand firm against every trap and snare. You are asking Him for humility; and friend, that means victory over the evil one every single time. Do you have a thought on this, comment you would like to make? Then please tell me at joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends 

 

Have You Been Encouraged?

  • Your email address will not be published with your comment or be displayed anywhere on our website.
  • We do not rent or sell your personal information to other companies or individuals.
  • For more information please see our privacy policy.