temptations – help!

Dearest friends, I’m asking for your help again – sorry to be “needy”.  Two things:

  1. can anyone tell me if I can allow someone to put a picture in a comment?  If so, how do I do this?

TWO: This one is tricky.  I’m working on the part in the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus teaches us to ask the Father to lead us not into temptation. How do you deal with this in relation to Matt 4:1, where it says that Jesus was led by the HS into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Furthermore, in James 1:13, it says that God doesn’t tempt anyone.  So what do you think Jesus means in the Lord’s Prayer when you consider James 1:13 & Matt 4:1?  Any help, insights, thoughts would be more than appreciated!!!!!

5 thoughts on “temptations – help!

  1. Hi Sarah, I’m no expert, but when the word says Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil, the Holy Spirit led Him, the devil tempted Him. God is not the One who does the tempting, but He does allow us to go through temptations and trials. Check out the book of Job, the first chapter. Our prayer is that He not lead us into temptation because nobody wants to go through stuff like that. God always hears our prayers and answers. Sometimes He says yes, sometimes no, sometimes wait. Remember though, He will never leave you or forsake you if you love Him and have put your faith in Him. He also works all things to good for those who are called to His purpose. Hope this helped you in some small way. 🙂

  2. Thanks Micey! I’m in complete agreement that God doesn’t tempt us. However, Jesus was led by the HS to be tempted & yet He tells us to pray that this wouldn’t happen to us. This is some of my question. I really appreciate your input! 🙂

  3. Two thoughts; Jesus was tempted to give us an example to follow when we are tempted. It was part of His fulfilling all righteousness. He was tempted in all points as we are, but without sin.
    Secondly, could it be that by praying “lead us not into temptation” we are praying to not give into the temptation, but be delivered from it, or given that way of escape we see in I Corinthians 10:13.

  4. I’m reading Watchman Nee’s “The Spiritual Man”, in it there’s much description of how in freedom we often fail to see that dependence is not bondage. Dependence on God leads us away from the temptation of Satan to eat from the fruit of the wrong tree. Maybe I’m reaching here, but perhaps the issue is not that we’re asking God not to tempt us, but rather we’re asking Him to encourage us in the way of Dependence upon Him that brings life to the spirit within us.
    I’ve always been told that what comes after the “but” is what matters… the rest of that scripture, “But deliver us from the evil one” may be the key here. We cannot ask God to take away our free will (to do so is to deny being made in His image),but we can ask that he help us use our free will to choose not to follow the evil one.

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