Deliver us from evil…Lords prayer…

Deliver us from evil…Lords prayer…
So how does God deliver us from evil and from temptation? I will just give you three verses from the Bible that show how he does it. Number one: Hebrews 3:13 says, “Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” How we are delivered? We are delivered by the church. “Exhort one another every day, lest you be deceived.”
Number two: Put off your old self. This is Ephesians 4:22: “Put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life which is corrupt through deceitful desires.” So desires lie to you. You have got to tell the truth about your desires and so put on the new man. And what is he? “Renewed in the spirit of your mind” (verse 23). Minds filled with what? Verse 24 says, “Put on the new self created after the likeness of God in righteousness and holiness in the truth.” We conquer the old self with its deceitful desires by filling our minds with the truth — the precious, infinitely valuable, Christ-exalting truth of Scripture.
And the last one, number three, is 1 Peter 1:14: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.” Where did your passions come from? You were stupid. You didn’t have any eyes to see Christ as beautiful and superior over all the temptations. So kill that ignorance. With what? You can only kill ignorance with one thing. Knowledge and truth.
So when Jesus prayed, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” he clarified in John 17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” God delivers me and you from evil by saturating us with the word, and we ought to join him in it.


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