and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
A Theology of Temptation
1. Temptation is INEVITABLE
2. God is directly OPPOSED to evil
3. God never DESIRES a person to SIN
4. Temptation has two sources: SATAN and SELF
5. God SOVEREIGNLY allows for TRIALS for the sake of SPIRITUAL MATURITY
When we pray 'lead us not into temptation,' we're not only begging God for an ever-increasing AWARENESS of sin, but also for an ever-increasing HATRED of sin.
In God's kingdom, holiness transitions from being a HOPELESS LAW to a FERVANT LONGING
Our Plea: MAKE SIN REPULSIVE