“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #7

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Question: What should we do when faced with the temptations of evil?

Answer:  We want to immediately turn to God for help. Mary Baker Eddy reminds us in these ways:

“When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow
nothing but His likeness
to abide in your thought.” (S&H 495:14)

“When tempted to sin, we should know that evil proceedeth not from God, good, but is a false belief of the personal senses; and if we deny the claims of these senses and recognize man as governed by God, Spirit, not by material laws, the temptation will disappear.” (Mis. 198:13)

“Christian Scientists cannot watch too sedulously, or bar their doors too closely, or pray to God too fervently, for deliverance from the claims of evil. Thus doing, Scientists will silence evil suggestions,
uncover their methods, and stop their hidden influence upon the lives of mortals.” (Mis. 114:21-26)

By spending time daily learning more about God and communing with Him, you will be
arming yourself against any enemies that may try to tempt you. Remember that the shepherd-boy, David, had proved his courage by defending his sheep against a bear and a lion, before he had to defend the armies of Israel against Goliath. We want to be prepared!

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Ps. 34)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Temptation - #7

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