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Lead Us Not Into Temptation 2


A fly was buzzing along one morning when he saw a lawn mower someone had left out in their front yard. He flew over and sat on the handle, watching the children going down the sidewalk on their way to school.

One little boy tripped on a crack and fell, spilling his lunch on the sidewalk. He picked himself up, put his lunch back in the bag and went on. But he missed a piece of bologna. The fly had not eaten that morning and he sure was hungry. So he flew down and started eating the bologna. In fact he ate so much that he could not fly, so he waddled across the sidewalk, across the lawn, up the wheel of the lawn mower, up the handle, and sat there resting and watching the children.

There was still some bologna laying there on the sidewalk. He was really stuffed, but that bologna sure did look good.

Finally temptation got the best of him and he jumped off the handle of the lawn mower to fly over to the bologna.

But alas he was too full to fly and fell straight to the ground… splat!  The moral of this story is simple… don’t fly off the handle when you are full of bologna.


The Bible says this in Matthew 4, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  The Father led His Son to be tempted.  The only thing I can gather from this is that Jesus knows temptation.  The other thing I know about this is that there is purpose in being led into temptation.  And again, we have a subject before us that will probably teach some hard truths.  Are you ready?  Let’s go.

The first question that comes to anyone’s mind when reading this short phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is this, “Why would God tempt us to sin?”  Guess what?  Wrong question.  God cannot tempt us to sin.  He can’t do that because it’s not in His nature to be anywhere near sin.  It also goes against the fact that His own Son died to forgive sin.  Let’s just look at what the verse says and go with it.  It says that Jesus asks “us” to ask the Father to “lead us not into temptation.”  That’s it.

Jesus knew what it was to go through temptation.  I think this is simply a prayer for mercy.  If we are to grow stronger as Christians, God is going to guide us into situations where we will have choices & temptations to either do His will or not…Jesus knows how hard this is.  We will also be set up by Satan to fall along the way as we following God’s will “on Earth as it would be in Heaven.”  We are going to be tempted.  To live a life without temptation would mean that we are perfect and that’s not so.

This is a midpoint of a full verse with a “but” in the middle.  So next week we will add even more to this prayer.  Read ahead and make some guesses as to what this whole verse really means for you and for the church…Jesus’ body on the planet.

1 Corinthians 10:13 TNIV says this,

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


Jesus, as our Creator (John 1:1-3), knows our weaknesses.  We were created to be with Him and the Father.  Sin keeps us away.  We sin after being tempted.  It simply makes sense that Jesus would want us to pray this way…to be far from temptation.  The next part of this verse, next week’s focus, makes this point even more clear.

Do you personally address God and ask for Him to keep temptation away from you?  I’m guessing that if we all did this, we would be more attentive to the temptations around us.  I think we would get better at seeing Satan working around us to keep us from God and from doing His will.  I also think the world would see this group of people called the church making wise choices.  The world would see a people who understand what “freedom” really means.  I have a feeling they would see God through all of us more clearly.  Remember, it’s not about us…it’s about people seeing God through us.  Pray hard.

Questions for growth:

  • Have you ever thought through what your weaknesses are and prayed for God to keep those temptations away?
  • Have you prayed for God to give you great big eyes for the temptations that are around you?  In my experience, when you focus on something…it becomes bigger for you…easier to notice.

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,


PS – I do not claim to have all the answers.  I’m simply reading the verse and lining it up with other Scripture.  I trust that there is nothing that is contradictory in Scripture…so I simply keep moving forward trusting that there is a message of truth here…even if we need to dig, and even is it is hard to swallow.  We’re in this together.  We’re the church.  We move forward together knowing that the gates of Hell will not win us over.

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