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Beware of the Bait 
By Pastor John

Matthew 6:13
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (NIV)

Temptation is like a fishing lure.  The enemy of our souls is constantly chumming, trying to make us jump at the bait and sin.

"lead us not into temptation"

God does not tempt anyone
James 1:13-15
13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.         

We are to pray and ask God to in effect "keep me away from temptation."

"but deliver us from the evil one."

Satan is the one who tempts, who wants us to fall.  He is a master at baiting the hook and tempting us to sin.

Financial temptation

Love of Money
1 Timothy 6:9-11
9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  

Abuse of Money
Credit Cards

Sexual temptation
Adultery
Fornication
Sexually transmitted diseases

1 Corinthians 7:5
"Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control."                                                   

Alcohol and Drugs
Two-thirds of all college students drink.  Among those who drink, they average about 10 drinks per week.  Peer pressure.
Alcoholism
Drunk drivers

Gambling
Casinos (senior citizens around the first of the month)
Slot machines
Horse racing
   
TV Viewing
TV is on an average of 7 hrs, 40 min. per day in the United States. Time not spent serving the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

Luke 22:40
"On reaching the place, He said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation.'"

Luke 22:46
"Why are you sleeping?" He asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."

Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."


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