Lead Us Not Into Temptation

By Ralph Pyskowski

Guest Columnist

The advancement of 21st century technology brings great opportunity and makes life easier. Unfortunately, it also gives more occasions for temptation. From gossip centers to pornography, sin is lurking around at every corner. Adultery websites are just waiting to break up homes. ISIS and other dangerous cults are trying to infiltrate our youth. Entertainment screams for your attention to keep you from your daily prayer time. It may not only be important to balance your time online but to be discerning as well. Instead of being up to date with technology, it is more important to be up to date with the Word of God.

Jesus recites the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew chapter 6: 9:13. He concludes it with the words: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” This popular prayer that serves as a guide addresses the temptations that we face. Jesus knew the arduous struggle that threatens our goal of righteousness. As the Son of God, he was tempted in every way just like us. Still yet he never committed sin. Since he is familiar with our weaknesses and struggles, he knows how to help us in our time of need. Our faith in Christ also includes the necessity of a daily prayer life, Biblical devotion, and accountability to others. Human flesh and blood will make mistakes, but there is victory in the cross of Calvary. Jesus did not die so we would be bound by sin, but that we could be set free.

We take steps to secure ourselves financially and insure our assets. What about our eternity or our relationship with God? What investments are you making into your spiritual walk and into the Kingdom of God? The price of sin is too costly but our spiritual sacrifices are invaluable. Do not take Satan’s bate and fall for the same old tricks. If you have to unplug the computer, avoid a particular street, or lose some “friends”, it will be worth it. God cannot deliver you from temptation if you are always walking towards it. What shall you profit if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul? No, you cannot do it on your own. The Christian life was not meant for you to achieve by yourself. That is why Jesus said he would never leave or forsake us. It is with his strength and the power of the Holy Ghost that we can do his will. We gain access to this power on our knees and walking with him daily. Life is too short to live it without Christ. It is time to make it count!

(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])

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