Bible Reading: Matthew 6:5-15
Key Verse: Verse 13 – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Key Words: And lead us not into temptation
Thought: Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you a second chance.
A businessman was on a diet and experienced a craving for donuts. He drove to the donut shop and just kept circling the block. Then he prayed, “Lord, I know You don't want me to eat donuts. I know that that's not Your will, but I need You to confirm it. There are no parking spaces at this donut shop, so if You don't open a parking space, I'll accept this as Your will. The man had to drive around the block eight times before it was God's will.
What the worm is designed to do is entice the fish so that the fish can become food for the fisherman. It is an enticement. No bear goes looking for a bear trap. No mouse goes looking for a mousetrap. What entices the mouse is cheese. But cheese is set on the trap, and because of its lust for cheese, the mouse is deceived in not recognizing the trap. Therefore, it is enticed or deceived or duped by something that is legitimate to create an opportunity for the destruction of the prey.
Most of us are in debt, because of deception. There was a desire to buy something that we either could not afford or should not have purchased, but that thing was presented in such a way so as to cause us to believe we couldn't live without it. So, we spent money we didn't have, for things we didn't need, to impress people we don't know. We were not thinking at the moment that this decision would take us the rest of our lives to pay off, at 18% interest. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
What to do:
✞ Remember, temptation will always knock at your heart's door.
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