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And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

—Matthew 6:13

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I come to show you how earnest you ought to be with Jesus Christ, either not to suffer you to be led into temptations, or to preserve you under them.

And here, my dear brethren, let me beseech you to go to Jesus Christ. Tell him how you are assaulted by the evil one, who lies in wait for your souls. Tell him you are not able to master him in your own strength. Beg his assistance and you shall find him ready to help you, ready to assist you and to be your Guide, your Comforter, your Saviour, your all. He will give you strength to resist the fiery darts of the devil. And, therefore, you can nowhere find one so proper to relieve you, as Jesus Christ.

He knows what it is to be tempted. He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness and he will give you the assistance of his Spirit to resist the evil one and then he will fly from you. In Christ Jesus you shall have the strength you stand in need of. The devil shall have no power. Therefore fear not, for in the name of the Lord we shall overcome all our spiritual Amalekites. Let the devil and his agents rage, let them breathe out threatenings, yes, let them breathe out slaughters, yet we can rejoice in this, that Jesus Christ hath them in his power, they shall go no farther than he permits them. They may rage, they may rage horribly but they can go no farther, until they have got more power from on high.

If they could do us what mischief they would, very few of us should be permitted to see our habitations anymore. But, blessed be God, we can commit ourselves to his protection. He has been our protector hitherto, he will be so still. Then earnestly entreat of the Lord to support you under those temptations, which the devil may assault you with. He is a powerful adversary, he is a cunning one too. He would be too hard for us unless we have the strength of Christ to be with us. But let us be looking up unto Jesus, that he would send his Spirit into our hearts and keep us from falling.

—George Whitefield, “Christ the Support of the Tempted” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:339–340.



Posted 2018·12·20 by David Kjos
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