Friday, May 16, 2014

The Lord's prayer - part 9

Matthew 6:13  "Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

MB 116  "Temptation is enticement to sin, and this does not proceed from God. but from Satan and from the evil of our own hearts.  'God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempteth no man.' James 1:13.
     God in His great love is seeking to develop in us the precious graces of His Spirit.  He permits us to encounter obstacles, persecution, and hardships, not as a curse, but as the greatest blessing of our lives.  Every temptation resisted, every trial borne, gives us a new experience and advances us in the work of character building.  The soul that through divine power resists temptation reveals to the world and to the heavenly universe the efficiency of the grace of Christ.
     While we are not to be dismayed by trial, bitter though it may be, we should pray that God will not permit us to be brought where we shall be drawn away by the desires of our own evil hearts.  In offering the prayer that Christ has given, we surrender ourselves to the guidance of God, asking Him to lead us in safe paths. We cannot offer this prayer in sincerity, and yet decide in any way of our own choosing.  We shall wait for His hand to lead us; we shall listen to His voice, saying, 'this is the way, walk ye in it.' Isaiah 30:21."

This is the way, are you willing to walk in it?  Please consider the love of God that is pleading with you just now to choose to walk in His way and be free.  Grandma Joan

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