And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Hand’s down this is one of the most powerful verses in the Lord’s prayer.
Truth be told, everybody is faced with temptation, you simply can’t avoid it.
Yet, when you can pray “God, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” What you are really saying is, God help me overcome the temptations of this life.
I am giving it all to you God. God you are in control of my life.
Because, the fact of the matter is, using your own strength and willpower to avoid temptation is hard. However, when you can let go and let God handle the temptations in your life, it’s simple.
That’s why, it’s important to spend time in prayer and meditation so that you can remember that you are not alone. The power of God is within you. And with God all things are possible. Even overcoming the temptations of life.
Indeed, when you are fully connected to the spirit of God within you, there’s no temptation you will not overcome.
The more you pray, the more you will begin to realize that the truth will set you free.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation!
You’ll also be glad to know that Joyce Meyer’s was willing to share five things that make all the difference in overcoming temptation.
- You’ve got to be wise.
- Believe that you can resist temptation.
- Facing Temptation is a normal part of life.
- Avoid areas of weakness.
- Don’t give yourself too much credit.
Now, that we know all five things that will help make a difference in overcoming temptation, Let’s look at each one a little more carefully.
First there was be wise. In other words, you have to make a conscious effort about the choices you make and the possible outcomes that it will have. Every action has a reaction and knowing ahead of time what those might be leads to better choices.
Believe That You Can Resist
Second was believe that you can resist. It’s funny how quickly we give up as soon as we start to slip. It’s like the old Frito Lay saying “Bet you can’t eat just one.” The temptations of life are the same way, once you start it’s hard to stop. That’s why, you have to be wise and remember that you can resist. It’s easier to just not start rather than trying to stop.
Facing Temptation Is a Normal Part of Life
After that, was thinking of facing temptation as a normal part of life. Sometimes we get upset because we think our life would be better if the temptations that we struggle with just didn’t exist. Yet, truth be told, with God you are stronger than you think. When you wake up and already know that you are going to be tempted it’s easier to handle. And the more you overcome the temptations of life the more empowered you become.
Avoid Area of Weakness
Next, we were reminded to avoid areas of weakness. The beauty of these reminders is that they really are all connected. Because it takes wisdom and foresight to not put yourself in situations where you can easily fall to the temptations that you are easily attracted to. Sometimes you can’t avoid them but if you can do yourself a favor and choose the circumstance or situation that doesn’t lead down the road of temptation.
Don’t Give Yourself Too Much Credit
Finally, don’t give yourself too much credit. Remember that it is through the power and grace of God that you are able to live a righteous and blessed life. When you take too much pride in what you have been able to accomplish that’s when it becomes easy to slip and indulge in the temptations of life.
In the end, the choice is your’s. You can try to live this life on your own or you can give it all to God and let God lead us not into temptation, but deliver us the blessings of everlasting life.