5. And lead us not into temptation
Finally, Jesus wants us to be aware of how easily we fall into temptation.
We often forget that Satan is the "prince of this world", though Jesus repeatedly referred to him as such (see John 12:31; 14:30-31; 16:11). The apostle Paul warned that:
Should this discourage us? No, but in order to be able to call upon God to help us overcome temptation, we must first understand the gravity of our situation.
What if, during WWII, France had been unaware that the Nazis were ruling their country? Would they have fought for liberation? No. They would have been perfectly content to play into the hands of their enemy.
When we stumble through life, blind to the fact that Satan is constantly bombarding us with temptations that if acted upon, will separate us from God; we become complacent to God, and we play into Satanís hands.
But how can we combat an enemy that isnít flesh and blood (Eph. 6:10)? The apostle Paul gives us the answer in Eph. 6:13-18:
Can we be victorious by ourselves? No. Without Godís help, we cannot withstand temptation. We donít even have the desire to do so.
Can we be victorious with God at our side? Yes. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13). When we let Jesus take over our lives, we can say with Paul:
We need to understand who rules our world, and we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to overcome. We must base all truth on the Holy Bible, and we must pray constantly.
"Dear Papa, I live and walk in Satanís territory; but with Your help, I can withstand any temptation he throws my way. Help me, daddy! Show me where I am being tempted, and deliver me from Satanís rule!"
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