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How to Pray, Week 6: Deliver Us from The Evil One

April 11, 2022
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Every single day you face temptation. And every single day, you have tools to remember who you are and who you belong to. You my friend, are a child of God.

FIRST - What’s the backstory?

Remember, at this point in our reading, we will have questions! Here are a few of mine:
Does God lead us to temptation, or to sin?
How does God deliver us? Who is the evil one?

For answers, let’s look to Scripture:
James 1:13-14: When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

Matthew 4:1-11: look at how Jesus was tempted….

SECOND - What does it mean?

How does the enemy work?

1. With subtle, powerful lies:
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Coaching work/struggle is real is about bringing out lies into the light—
What kind of lies are you likely to believe?

2. By masquerading as light:
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

3. Using questions to lead us to temptation:
Designed to confuse, confound, discourage and ultimately to take us toward independence from God and suspicion toward others:

THIRD - What does it mean for me?
We will have fights to face in this world, but we don’t face them alone.

This is a daily and intentional practice from beginning to end. The fullness of what it looks like to be in relationship with God is captured in this prayer.

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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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