Sunday, February 26, 2017

Prayer - Lead Us Not Into Temptation (HP19)

Mat 6:13a  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
Since we are in the world and not of this world, we are surrounded by temptations, so how are we to escape from them?

Mark 14:36  And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
Before our Lord faced His final sufferings, tortures and crucifixion He was tempted to opt out. However, He threw out (overcame) the temptation by putting His fate completely in God's hands by doing His will.

Heb 2:18  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Since then, many of our brethren with their wives and children were abused, raped, tortured, burnt, crucified and killed for their faith. Today, ISIS and others are committing similar atrocities against our brethren unless they apostate and deny our Lord Jesus.
How did our Lord help them to overcome these temptations?

They believed His word and promises

Mat 16:28  “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Luke 21:16-18  "You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost."

Mat 10:19-20  "But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."

John 14:21  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."

Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

John 8:52  Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’"

From these scriptures, we can clearly see that Christians who love the Lord by obeying His word and commandments will not taste death. For anyone destined to be martyred, our Lord will manifest to him (John 14:21) by appearing to him (Mat 16:18). [ e.g. Stephen in Acts 7:55-56 ]

Then the Spirit of the Father who dwell in him (John 14:23) will take complete control over his physical body (Mat 10:28-20). Our Father will Himself preach His everlasting gospel to convict mankind and His love and free salvation through our Lord Jesus because He loves all of us.

The brethren will not suffer any pain afflicted on his physical body (Luke 21:16-18 not a hair of your head shall be lost). Even when the body dies, our brethren will not feel any pain because our Lord has bored the taste of death for him (Heb 2:9 and possibly John 8:52).

In fact, I tend to believe that when the Father takes control of his body, God will send his spirit to heaven to watch from there how his physical body glorifies His name at death. No wonder they were so many reports of martyrs singing and rejoicing during their death.

With this faith in them, these godly martyrs, had already made up their mind to be a living sacrifice to God and will not find an escape from fulfilling His will. Though they faced martyrdom, they were not tempted at all (having overcome temptations), for they had set their  minds on things above which will be pleasing to Him.

Similarly, let us not be led into temptation (even though they are all around us) by setting our minds on things above (thus renewing or crucifying the carnal mind).

Col 3:2-4  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

James 1:12  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.