Temptation, Escape and Fudge Brownies

Matthew 6:9-13  9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.   10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.  13And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Temptations are always going to come our way, but when we pray- Lead us not into temptation- we are letting God know that we have faith in His ability to help us overcome. When we find ourselves in the midst of a mess because we didn’t withstand temptation we might wonder why God let us go there. Guess what? We have a free will, so when we don’t resist, that’s our fault not God’s. I’ll give you a practical example (completely fictional). Let’s say I am on a diet and I am trying to lose ten pounds. I have been exercising, watching what I eat and it’s going pretty well. One day I walk into the kitchen and my daughter has made a plate of fudgy, rich, chocolate brownies. I have the choice to grab a celery stick out of the fridge or eat the brownies. If I choose the brownies, I can’t say it was my daughter’s fault for making them. I have to take full responsibility for being weak.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says 13For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. We see from this verse that we will not encounter any temptation that we will be unable to handle and that God is always faithful to provide a way of escape for us.

How can He promise that? He Himself endured every temptation that we encounter. Hebrews 4:15 shows us 15For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Since He was able to withstand every temptation that might come our way, who better to help us avoid the enticements that try to ensnare us? When we get the revelation that God will not even allow us to encounter a temptation that we are not capable of handling, then we will realize that whatever  we do happen to come up against we have the ability to overcome.

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