Day 18 – Cardio Training

We are looking at the Lord’s prayer as we talk about getting connected. We have talked about God as Father. We have talked about His kingdom and His will in our lives. We have talked about the significance of bread and the connection with the kingdom of God. We have talked about receiving and extending forgiveness. Today we are going to look at Matthew 6:13 and talk about temptation.

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (MSG)
12 Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. 13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

Today, we will be looking at Matthew 6:13:

Matthew 6:13 (NIV)
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

We are going to talk about avoiding temptation, which is really about living by trying to do the next right thing. Temptation presents us with an opportunity to do the wrong thing, and we are trying to do the next right thing, so what do we do? Fortunately, God has a plan in place to help us when we are living by trying to do the next right thing.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

When you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (do the next right thing)! Let’s break that down into three points.

1. When you are tempted

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
….But when you are tempted,

Let’s change this part of the verse a little. Instead of when you are tempted, which happens to all of us, think of it like this (When are you tempted?)

You need to look at the pattern in your life that causes you to not do the next right thing. Ask yourself things like When am I most tempted? What am I doing? Where am I? Who am I with? What is it that is most tempting to me? How do I feel right before I’m tempted? Once you get a handle on your pattern of vulnerability, you will be more able to see more clearly that

2. He will provide a way out

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
….he will also provide a way out

When you are feeling tempted, you need to pray. I taught you my temptation prayer a few months ago. Remember it? HELP! Do you know that Jesus is sympathetic to what you are going through?

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

3. You can stand up under it

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
….so that you can stand up under it.

When you are feeling tempted, the most important thing to do, is pray, and then change your focus. Sometimes we think that the way to avoid temptation is our will power, I am not going to do it, but the reality is, resistance is usually futile. In the Bible we are not told to resist temptation, we are told to resist the devil, which is a different issue. The secret to overcoming temptation is not resisting, it is a change in focus. Change the direction of your thoughts. Shift your attention.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

In a practical way of applying this part of the prayer, I ask God to help me to see the traps and temptations and to be able to see the way out He provides. Change my focus on to His will for me, on to doing the next right thing with His help.

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