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Keep Them From the Evil One

April 16, 2014

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Keep Them  From the Evil One

Just before Jesus was  to suffer  and die  on the cross,  He prayed  for His followers.     Jesus prays  for all those  who put their faith  in Him.     It’s good  to know  just what it is  that Jesus prays  for us.     He certainly  does not pray  that we would be  really rich,  popular,  highly successful,  and things like that.     John,  chapter 17,  records much  of Jesus’ prayer  for us.     Specifically,   John 17:15-17  records,

I do not ask You  to take them out  of the world,  but to keep them  from the evil one.     They  are not  of the world,  even as I am not  of the world.     Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.

When we  have to live  in this world,  we are constantly facing temptations  of every sort.     Some of the temptations  are so sneaky,  we don’t even realize  we are being tempted  to deny  our Savior  in some way  or another.     In other words,  they are not an obvious temptation  to rob a bank,  kill someone  we don’t like,  or to commit adultery  with a professional prostitute.     It might be more like  robbing someone  of eternal salvation  by refusing  to tell them  about  our Savior  —  killing someone’s  hope  for forgiveness  by saying hateful things  —  or committing “adultery”  against our Lord  (whom  the Bible refers to  as our Bridegroom  and Husband)  by loving  heathen traditions,  myths,  and practices.

It is  “the evil one”  who fools us  into thinking  we aren’t sinning  —  much.     Jesus’ prayer is  that we will not be fooled  into sinning  —  even though we are living  in  “the world”  of many temptations.     Jesus admits  that this  is where we need  to be  for now  —  but,  we are  “not  of the world”.     In other words,  we are not engrossed  in lusts,  hate,  selfishness,  greed,  worries,  spitefulness,  bitterness,  thanklessness,  a need  for dominance  over others,  or anything  of that sort.

Rather,  by faith  we have  put on Christ  and His ways.     Faith  in Jesus  now guides our thinking,  desires,  hopes,  and love  —  in the midst  of every temptation  “from the evil one”.      The stuff  and lusts  in this world  are no longer important  to us  because we know  heaven  is our real home.     And, how did we get  to know  heaven is our home?     Jesus prayed for us,  “Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.”

We know heaven  is our home,  because  as we study God’s  “word”,  which  “is truth”,   God is able  to work  in our hearts  and “sanctify”  us  —  make us holy  and set apart  from the world  —  so that we can see,  and really know  the truths  of our being  and God’s  saving love  for us  in Christ Jesus.     So,  Jesus’ prayer  for us  is being answered  as we abide  in God’s words  of promise,  and become strengthened  against all the temptations  of  “the evil one”.

Resting  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for strengthening  and sanctifying us  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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