Lead Us Not into Temptation

Aug 13, 2000
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 550(1-5,9); 372; 410; 335(3-4)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, we come before You this day acknowledging our weaknesses and asking for the gift of Your strength. We face many challenges, trials, and temptations in our lives due to the assaults of Satan and this world. With the guidance of Your Spirit working in our hearts through Your Word, may we overcome temptation and live our lives to Your glory. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 48

First Reading: 

Genesis 3:1-15; James 1:12-20

Our original parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin when tempted by Satan, and because of this death entered our world. God at that time announced His plan to save mankind form sin and death through the “Seed” of the woman. Satan still tempts us with his questions, likes, and lures. May we with God’s help wisely follow the will of our Savior as revealed in His Word.

We cannot avoid trials and temptations in this life. When they come, let us not blame God or fail to see the deadly results of sin. Rather, let us endure all temptations with patience, trusting that God will give us all we need to overcome them. In this way we produce the righteousness of God in our lives.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus, our loving Savior-Substitute, overcame all the temptations of Satan on our behalf. In this way He provides us with the righteousness we need to stand before God. He overcame this temptation by the words of Scripture, providing us an excellent example of how we too can and should overcome the temptations we face each day.