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Exposition of the Sixth Principle

 Make no mistake about it folks, the work of prayer is A BATTLE that requires a resolve to win. Life is composed of struggles between good and evil within us and without. The immediate skirmishes we must fight to win– knowing that the final conquest makes us sure over comers! So We pray anticipating (Principle 2 reminders here applies!) the outcome...

And do not lead us into temptation,

  • PS 19.13
  • 6A. RESOLUTION – I acknowledge, O LORD, my proneness to yield to temptation,
    and to fail in trials that come to me, and through Your GRACE
    I resolve NOT to forsake You.

  • [Song, Come Thou Fount: "Prone to wander"]
  • [Recalled to relate to this struggle: We note here only v.4 "Prone to wander"]

    4. O to grace how great a debtor

    Daily I’m constrained to be!

    Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

    Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

    Prone to leave the God I love;

    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,

    Seal it for Thy courts above.

  • Psalm 19:13

    Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

    David's prayer. Prayer about Temptation is biblical. Prayer will help me resist. Though I may be a Son of God, I can still wander from the right way I should go. Though I do not loose my salvation, however, I can loose my testimony. (James 1.21)

    Deu 4:9; Deu 23:9; Pr 4:23; Ac 15:29; 1Ti 5:22; Jam 1:27; 1Jo 5:21; Jude 1:21

    (Special exhortations to "Keep Thyself,") See also great transgression Ps. 19. esp. v.13-14.

    Deut. 4:9

    "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself,
    lest you forget
    the things your eyes have seen,
    and lest they depart from your heart
    all the days of your life.
    And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

    Deut. 23:9

    "When the army goes out against your enemies,
    then keep yourself from every wicked thing.

    Proverbs 4:23

    Keep your heart with all diligence,
    For out of it spring the issues of life.

    Acts 15:29

    that you abstain from things offered to idols,
    from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.
    If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well
    . Farewell.

    1 Tim. 5:22

    Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins;
    keep yourself pure

    James 1:27

    Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
    to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
    and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

    1 John 5:21

    Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

    Jude 1:21

    keep yourselves in the love of God,
    looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

    Ps. 19. [13] Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    Let them not have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    And I shall be innocent of great transgression
    [14] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

    JA 1.12-15,21; 1CO 10.13

    1B. ENDURE Temptation – I recognize it is my responsibility to
    resist temptation
    to receive Your help in trials.

    1 Cor. 10:13

    No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
    but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
    but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

    James 1:12-15

    Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved,
    he will receive the crown of life
    which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
    [13] Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God";
    for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
    [14] But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
    [15] Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
    and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

    James 1:21

    Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness,
    and receive with meekness the engrafted word,
    which is able to save your souls.

    The end of temptation is real. I must look for God's way of escape!
    James was written to "brethren" and his warning in v. 21 is not an admission
    the believer can lose his salvation, but an acknowledgment that sin has a real
    and devastating impact on the testimony [or, soul] of the believer.

    Making no provision for the flesh means removing every road it can take
    that will lead me away from God's will.

    Romans 13:14

    But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh,
    to fulfill its lusts.

    The LIE; JN 8.44; RO 1.25; 2TH 2.10-11.

    I must recognize "the lie." It appears throughout the world.

    John 8:44

    You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.
    He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth,
    because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a [lit., the] lie, he speaks from
    his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

    Romans 1:25

    who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served
    the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

    2 Thes. 2:10-11

    and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish,
    because they did not receive the love of the truth,
    that they might be saved.
    [11] And for this reason God will send them strong delusion,
    that they should believe the lie,

    De 4:9 Ps 39:1 Mt 26:41 Ac 20:31 1Co 10:12; 16:13 Col 4:2 1Pe 5:8 Re 3:2

    Watchfulness about sin & temptation is a human responsibility.

    Deut. 4:9

    "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself,
    lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart
    all the days of your life.
    And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

    Psalm 39:1

    To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
    I said, "I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue;
    I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
    While the wicked are before me."

    Matthew 26:41

    Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
    The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

    Acts 20:31

    Therefore watch, and remember that for three years
    I did not cease to warn everyone
    night and day with tears.

    1 Cor. 10:12

    Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

    1 Cor. 16:13

    Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

    Col. 4:2

    Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

    1 Peter 5:8

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
    like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour

    Rev. 3:2

    Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die,
    for I have not found your works perfect
    before God.


    2 CO 9.8, 1PE 5.10

    2B. PRESERVATION by GRACE – I believe that You will give me the necessary GRACE
    (help) to be victorious throughout life.

    The God of all grace will provide abundance to overcome and bring victory in testing/ temptation's midst;
    we must Possess God's GRACE by faith.

    2 Cor. 9:8

    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you,
    always having all sufficiency in all things,
    may have an abundance for every good work.

    1 Peter 5:10

    But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
    after you have suffered a while
    , perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.



    But deliver us from the evil one.

    1PE 3.7; 1 JN 2:15; RO 8.7;6.13; EP 4.24

    3B. PROTECTION by ARMOR – I acknowledge now my need for deliverance from all evil:
    (From Satan, the World, and from my sinful Flesh) by putting on Your armor. I now put on...

    I am to recognize it is spiritual WARFARE. My enemies will not stop until destruction
    of my soul/ loss of all spiritual reward is lost. Using armor is my responsibility, grace is God's provision.
    Armor is placed first by putting on the new man.

    1 Peter 5:8 [Peter's Theology - from mercy, not unbending absolutes like John's]

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
    like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour

    1 John 2:15-17

    Do not love the world or the things in the world.
    If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him
    [16] For all that is in the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
    and the pride of life– is not of the Father but is of the world.
    [17] And the world is passing away, and the lust of it;
    but he who does the will of God abides forever.

    Romans 8:7

    Because the carnal mind is enmity against God;
    for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

    Romans 6:13

    And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin,
    but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead,
    and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

    Ephes. 4:24

    and that you put on the new man which was created according to God,
    in true righteousness and holiness.

    Ephesians 6:10-18

    14a)Having girded your waist with truth,


    JA 1.16,22; AC 20.32

    1C. The BELT OF TRUTH – I am sure the Bible is reality, the truth.

    The assurance that the Bible is reliable and an honest witness of "truth"
    is protective gear that holds armor in place.

    James 1:16, 22

    Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
    [22] But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

    Acts 20:32

    So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace,
    which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance
    among all those who are sanctified.

    14b)Having put on the breastplate of righteousness,


    PS 11.7; 15.2; 106.3

    2C. The BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – I live intending to BE right always.

    Psalm 11:7

    For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

    Psalm 15:1-2

    A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
    [2] He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

    Psalm 106:3

    Blessed are those who keep justice, And he who does righteousness at all times!

    15)Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;


    MT 4.19; AC 1.8

    3C. The SHOES OF GOSPEL WITNESS – I eagerly prepare and tell others
    the 'good news' of peace that comes through Your salvation.

    Matthew 4:19

    Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."

    Acts 1:8

    But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
    and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
    and to the end of the earth."

    16) above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench
    the fiery darts of the wicked one.


    PS 34.8; HE 11

    4C. The SHIELD OF FAITH – I will so act today as to demonstrate
    I trust Your Word completely when Satan sows doubt in my heart.

    Psalm 34:8

    Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    [2] For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

    Men exhibit faith by their actions. Good Examples: Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses,
    Samuel, David, Daniel. Poor Examples: Cain, Lot, Samson, Saul, Achan, Ahab, Jonah.


    17a) And take the helmet of salvation

    1JN 5.11-13

    5C. The HELMET OF SALVATION – I have unwavering assurance that I am saved.

    1 John 5:11-13

    And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. [12] He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. [13] These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

    17b) And the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;

    PS 119.9-11; JO 1.8; Ps. 19.7-14, esp. 7,12-13

  • 6C. The SWORD OF SCRIPTURE – I take the Bible and consistently memorize
    and meditate on passages that help me fight all evil.

  • Psalm 119:9-11

    How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
    [10] With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
    [11] Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

    Joshua 1:8

    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,
    but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe
    to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous,
    and then you will have good success.

    Ps. 19.7a The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
    [12] Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
    [13] Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
    I shall be innocent of great transgression.