Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 9th, 2021
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:13 (NIV)
Last March, a Canadian woman and an Italian man who had been kidnapped in December 2018 in Burkina Faso were delivered in good health from their captivity. Quebec resident Edith Blais and Italian Luca Tacchetto had been travelling by car in the southwest of Burkina Faso when all communication with their families abruptly ended on Dec. 15, 2018. Burkina Faso’s security situation had been deteriorating in the year before their abduction. Al-Qaida and Islamic State-linked groups are active in Burkina Faso.
Captivity must be a terrible thing. Those who are kidnapped, even after their deliverance, often suffer from PTSD. One of the biggest challenges is not knowing if you are going to be set free or not. The Bible tells us that every human being is captive to sin and we all need a deliverer, a Saviour. That’s why in Matthew 6:13 Jesus teaches us to pray “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Until we come into relationship with Jesus Christ, we are held captive by the evil one, Satan himself. The moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sin and trusting Him as Saviour, we are delivered from sin. Because we are disobedient by nature, sin so easily entangles us in its clutches. It begins with temptation, and as John Piper said “There is no moment of your life that is not a moment of temptation—a moment when unbelief and disobedience is not a possibility.” We need to pray that the Lord will give us the power to not only not yield to temptation, but to deliver us from the power of the evil one. Trust Him for this today.
These have been words from the heart.