“Lead Us Not Into Temptation”–Being “Led by the Spirit of God”

     God does not tempt us.  When we desire worldly things, we are lured away from the spiritual heavenly things.  This is temptation, and Christ is reminding us of this in the Lord’s prayer.

     “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed” (James 1:13-14).  Those without the Spirit of God dwelling in their hearts fall prey to these thoughts and desires as they conceive and bring forth sin (Thou shalt not covet) and death (1:15).  Those with the Spirit are spared this, for they have a new heart.

     Our example in the Bible of how not to act are the Israelites in the wilderness.  They lusted after the food and creature comforts of their old homes in Egypt, and those desires took root in their hearts and led them to perdition.  We are specifically admonished to not do what they did (I Cor. 10:6-13).

     No, God will not lead us into temptation.  He is our faithful Shepherd, as David sung, “He leads me beside the still waters…He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23: 2-3).  And yet, God gets blamed for our foibles and trials. 

     God, rather, leads His sons and daughters into unspeakable realms of glory by His Spirit.  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (and daughters) of God” (Rom. 8:14).  He has given us the downpayment of His Spirit through our belief in His resurrection in us.  His Spirit that now resides in us is leading us on down the path to an immortal reign with Him.

     As we continue reading Romans 8, we see that we have received from Him the “Spirit of adoption” instead of our old spirit of fear (v. 15).  He is our Father and we cry out to Him as such.  We are His children and His heirs.  He is the King; we His children are His princes and princesses–heirs to His throne (v. 15-18). 

     The whole world is groaning, waiting for the “manifestation of the sons of God” (v. 19-22).  This unveiling of God’s soon-to-be immortal offspring is the final act of the play called Life As We Know It (read more in my book The Unveiling of the Sons of God  at http://yahwehisthesavior.com/unveiling.htm ).

     We all want to live on, but we are entrapped by a body of fragile flesh that is destined to expire.  We are rushing to our “expiration date” because of the physical corruptability of our bodies.  Most have little hope. 

     But Christ our Shepherd will lead us through our faith in Him.  For we know that it is all going to work out, for we love Him.  We have been called by Him according to His plan and purpose (see post “Nature Teaches God’s Plan of Reproducing Himself” at https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/nature-teaches-gods-plan-of-reproducing-himself/ ).  

     He knew us and gave us a destiny to become His sons and daughters long before we came to the earth–a destiny “to be conformed to the image of His Son…the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8: 28-30).

     He is leading us down this path to His throne as we write this.  Believing this gives us great confidence, for we will never ever be separated from the love of God, which is in Christ (8:39).

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