Good morning friends! I pray you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving experience as you took time to reflect on God’s blessings. Gratitude is a sign of an emotionally healthy person, but it’s an even greater indication of a spiritually healthy person. It’s something we all need in our lives.
Something else we all need is willpower. So, as strange as it may seem to you, we’re going to talk about temptation today. As we’re going line by line through The Lord’s Prayer, we’re at the part about being free of temptation. And even though it may seem strange, we’re at a time of year when many of us face our greatest temptations.
Maybe we’re tempted by feelings of despair or loneliness. Maybe we’re tempted by spending or over-eating or substance abuse. Maybe we’re tempted by inappropriate relationships. Maybe we’re tempted by thoughts that God really doesn’t care for us. Temptation is a real struggle, and we need to deal with it head on.
We’re going to learn what the Bible has to say about how to have victory over our temptations. And the answer is not willpower, but God’s power flowing through us.