9/19/15 Sin And Temptation, Keeping Us From The Love Of God

“After this, search your hearts and consider the sins that you have committed today.  Think about what has caused you to sin, get to the root of it, and commit yourself to turning away from each sin.  Confess each sin, the cause, and any troubles you may have regarding the sin to God and ask Him to cleanse your hearts.  Ask Him to help you to see your sins for what they really are – deeds that are evil and keeping you from God’s love, and ask Him to help you to turn away from any desire to sin again in this way.  Ask for forgiveness, and He will grant it.  But in the same way that He forgives you of your sins, you must also forgive others for the sins they commit against you.  Remember that nothing anyone does against you is as great a sin as what each of you will do in your lifetime against God.  So we implore God, ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.’  And finally, you must recognize your weakness and helplessness against this world and all that it claims to offer us.  Satan is the prince of this world and his lifetime goal is to get as many people as possible away from the Kingdom of Heaven.  He is very smart, knows God’s word better than you do, can be quite subtle, and has more ways than you could ever imagine to ensnare people with his lies.  Do not ever underestimate him.  But at the same time, his power is nothing compared to the power of God.  So pray, ‘Don’t let us be tempted more than we can handle, and deliver us from the evil one,’ and God will intervene on your behalf.”

Luke 11:4

For a much more in-depth look at prayer and how to pray, I recommend the book Prayer by Timothy Keller.

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