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Monday, August 26, 2013

Learning To Confiding In God, All My Fears and Temptations

In summary of Matthew 6:13 it says, "And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one."

Bottom line:
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

What this means to me:
If I’m not careful I’ll easily yield to temptation, so I ask God to deliver me from it and the one who is behind it.  Area’s of my life in which I need more self-control or have the most fear are the ones Jesus wants me to talk with him about.  I can rest in knowing that Jesus understands my fears and temptations: Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 TEV)  His word tells me that Jesus came to earth and experienced every temptation known to man, the same ones I experience, yet he didn't give in. It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is when I give in to temptation. When I pray -- "Jesus, I'm struggling in this area. I keep stumbling. I keep failing" -- Jesus understands because he's been there. He knows what it's like.  His Word says we can have "confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it." (Hebrews 4:16 TEV)  In summary, I should ask for help each day and not be afraid to admit my struggles and fears.  I can talk to Him about these and He will understand.