There is an old expression that goes, “There are two things you cannot avoid, death and taxes.”  Well I think that it would be more accurate to say there are three things you can’t avoid in this life; death, taxes, and temptation.
 
Temptation is something we all have to deal with in our lives.  It is always there.  In fact, someone has said temptation is like a telemarketer, it comes to us when it is least convenient

  • it comes back again and again

  • it keeps pushing even after you say "No"

  • it makes what it is selling sound great . . . but there is always a catch

Someone else asked, "Why is it that opportunity knocks only once . . . but temptation knocks persistently? 
 
This is especially true as we strive to live as Christians and to live a holy and Godly life in this world.  All of us who strive to live a Christian life know what it is like to be tempted.  It’s like the T-shirt that I saw one time.  It said, “Lead me not into temptation - I can find it for myself.”
We all understand that temptation is a part of life.  We also understand that temptation leads to trouble.
 
Jesus understood this, that’s why he concluded the prayer He taught His disciples with these words: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13) Join us on Sunday as we conclude our series on The Lord’s Prayer and as we explore how we can stand strong in the midst of temptation.
 
Randy