Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 22 Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
The Lord’s Prayer – “And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
1. What can we learn about ‘temptation’ in this verse?
• It is not the REMOVAL of temptations but rather praying for the divine help that we will not fall into it. WHY? Why God did not remove all temptations from us?
• As long as we are on this earth, temptations will be around and our human flesh with the weakness within may be vulnerable to fall into the temptations.
2. What is “temptation”? Is temptation a sin?”
Temptation is something that seduces you to do something that you know you should avoid.”
Is temptation sin? No, to be tempted is not a sin. It becomes sin when we fall into the temptation.
James 1:13 –15, “When tempted, on one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone, but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is full grown, gives birth to death.”
What can we learn from this passage in James – about temptation?
a. God does not “tempt” or seduce us to fall. Yes, HE may TEST us of our faithfulness, for example, of how He tested Abraham in offering Isaac or how HE tested the faith of Daniel in the lion s den.
b. The human nature can be tempted even after becoming a believer. We cannot say, ‘the devil made me do it.’ We are responsible.
c. When the human nature in us ‘cooperate’ with the temptation, we are dragged further in.
d. When we allow our desire to have its way to FALL into the evil or immoral temptation, we then have sinned.
e. Sin, unconfessed, undealt with will result in eternal death.
Everyone of us must know what is our WEAK point.
-Is it Money?
-Is it Fame?
-Is it immoral Sex?
“Lord, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”