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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

January 1, 2014

Wednesday

Luke 22:40

And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

 

EXAMPLE

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.

– Mark Twain

 

LESSON

The two greatest “battles” of history were fought in gardens. In the Garden of Eden, Adam chose to disobey God, bringing sin to the human race. He did not resist temptation, but chose his will over the Father’s. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, chose the Father’s will over His own will. Although the pain and spiritual misery of the cross awaited Jesus, it seems as though the internal battle was fought in the Garden. Just as Adam’s decision in Eden affected all who are related to Adam, so Christ’s decision in Gethsemane affects all who are related to Him by faith.

Jesus focused the disciples’ attention on their need for God’s protection from “temptation” and instructed them to “pray”. Jesus won what Adam lost because He fought the battle on His knees. After Gethsemane, Jesus followed through but no longer struggled with the decision.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:13

 

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