Lesson Plan - Get It!
Your enemy is coming at you when you are weak, sick, tired, and totally unprepared. He has poison, a sword, fangs, the ability to get into your head, and every nasty scheme imaginable. You are wearing a torn shirt and slacks and are standing in quicksand. What do you do?
Does the above scenario seem far-fetched?
Well, guess what? If you're a Christian, you have a relentless enemy that shows no mercy. "Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Yipes! Where do you go for help?
I. Armor — "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Ask God for help!
- Evade the trials — The word for "temptation" means both "test" and "encouragement to do evil."
The Greek word for "temptation" is "peirao," used here:
"When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed" (James 1:13-14).
The Greek word for "test" is "dokimazo," used here:
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?" (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Jesus Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven (Luke 11:16). The unbelievers were testing Jesus to see if he was genuine.
We see his faith passed the test: "And He said, 'Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will'" (Mark 14:36). Trials often serve the purpose of proving the sincerity of one's faith and obedience.
Lot "(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) — if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment" (2 Peter 2:8-9).
Israel "Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands" (Deuteronomy 8:2).