Part 4 of the Kings and Kingdoms series proved to be a difficult one. There was the temptation to lean to my own lack of understanding without searching it out. If I did I would miss the truth the Father wanted me to have. So, here we go.
“And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
This phrase of the Lord’s Prayer has passed over my lips from my heart numerous times but without the understanding I desired. I didn’t understand why the Lord included it, especially the first phrase. Temptation doesn’t come from God. First mistake.
- Some temptation God does lead us into.
- Then why would we pray not to be led into it?
Hopefully, through this week of sharing scriptures and maybe some stories, we all come into a better understanding. If you have already solved this dilemma please feel free to share in the comments.
- Forgetting there are two kingdoms still at odds with one another. Two kinds of temptations.
Of God’s Kingdom
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan,
and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…”
“Then the devil leaveth him,
angels came and ministered unto him.”
Of Satan’s kingdom
“Being forty days tempted of the devil…
If thou be the Son of God…
command this stone…be made bread…
All this power will I give thee…worship me…
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down…”
In these verses the Lord God shows us two kinds of temptations. One proves the righteousness of the one tested. The other entices one to sin.
Cling to this as we proceed through the week. Jesus did not go alone into the temptation. Neither do we. When the Father does take us into a time of testing the “but” in Matthew 6:13 reminds us He will deliver us from evil.
How has the Father ministered to you in times of testing?