총 게시물 585건, 최근 0 건

The Lord’s Prayer Series (8) - Deliver Us from the Evil One

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2014-04-22 (화) 21:52 조회 : 1422
Rev._Jang\'s_Sermon_04-20-2014.pdf (159.9K), Down : 4, 2014-04-22 21:52:01
설교일 : 2014.04.20.
설교자 : Rev. Jang
본문말씀 : Matthew 6:9~15

April 20, 2014

 

The Lord’s Prayer (8) – “Deliver Us from the Evil One”

Matthew 6:9-15

 

Rev. Chan Young Jang’s Sermon at KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

1. 
Hallelujah! He is risen!” “Yes, indeed!” This has been the traditional greetings on Easter among Christians. Every year during Easter period, I am reminded of one episode that happened after I had arrived in U.S. one month prior to the Easter. When someone said to me this greeting of “He is risen!” on Easter morning, I just didn’t know what to say in response. I hope from now on you will respond triumphantly with, “Yes, indeed!” 

Today is the Easter and we are thankful for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus and for giving us the true hope that He will bestow us the grace and strength to withstand the pain and suffering in our present lives. 

Especially the recent tragic sinking of ferry ‘Sewol’ has put all of us in panic-stricken mood. We are praying that God will take care of these young people and give comfort to their distraught parents and family members. We feel their pain. On this happy occasion of Easter, Christians in Korea and abroad are urged to join in the prayers for them and listen for God’s words for us. 

Today we are studying the 8th section of the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught. There are 2 parts in the Lord’s Prayer, and the first part is our prayer ‘for God’ and the second part is ‘for us’. In our prayer ‘for us’, the first section is for ‘our daily bread’, and that is [for the present]. The second section is praying for ‘forgiveness of our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors’, and that is [for the past]. The third section, today’s passage, is praying for ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’, and that is [for the future]

This section of our Lord’s Prayer will certainly make us to remember God’s presence in our lives. Some people don’t think they need to ask God for ‘daily bread’, and some people may think they don’t have to ask for God’s forgiveness every day. 

But today’s section is for the future and we all are worried and want to pray about that. First we want to meditate on ‘temptation’ and there are 2 dimensions in this ‘temptation’. 

1) The first one is that God is testing his children. God occasionally tests his children, like testing of Abraham’s faith, Job’s sincerity or confusing the Israelites into the desert. 

2) The second is that Satan is tempting God’s children. This temptation goes after our sinful nature and promotes our lusts and desires in this world. 

Therefore, our prayer is asking God’s help to ‘lead us not into the Satan’s temptation’ in our ‘spiritual warfare’


2. 
When we fall into the temptation, it means we have become victimized by the tempter, the Satan. That is why we have to be always vigilant about the Satan’s presence in our lives. 

The renowned Christian thinker C. S. Lewis mentioned that “the reason we Christians become victims of the Satan is that we tend to underestimate or minimize his enormous influence in our lives.” 

Never think lightly of Satan’s presence anywhere! Do you think there’s no Satan in our churches? The more any church begins to grow, the more persistent Satan’s schemes are. Satan doesn’t bother with anyone already spiritually dead, but only with those trying to live faithfully. 

Martin Luther illustrated this situation so aptly. [No hound will follow any dead pheasant, but he will go after the wounded pheasant that is trying to escape. Just the same, when we are alive trying to live righteously, Satan will not leave us alone at all.] 

Your home or church is safe from Satan as long as it is dead with no trouble or challenge. In this case it may look all right from outside, but inside it is spiritually dead. But when we seek God and pray to Him constantly, Satan is also awake. 

Let us examine the next section, ‘but deliver us from the evil one’ in this Lord’s Prayer. What is the evil one? Here the evil one in Greek means the Satan when it is used in masculine form, and it means ‘evil or criminal actions’ when used in neutral form. 

Thus, Christian reformer Martin Luther called this evil one ‘the Satan’. The Christian theologian St. Augustine called the evil one ‘evil actions or criminal activities’, while John Calvin talked about both meanings. We don’t want discuss whose idea is more correct, but we do realize this is a very important message. When we are not sure about Satan’s presence in our actions, we can find out about it by checking to see if our action brought good or bad results. 

For example, you have some criticism and bad reproach against someone, and you don’t think Satan is involved in this temptation of you. But as this continues, you are not happy with him or with his community, and you will know that God is not pleased with this situation. Now is the time for you to confess the fact that you were tempted, and pray for God’s ‘deliverance from the evil one’. There are many instances like this, so we should always differentiate the evil by considering the results. 


3. 
In today’s passage, we notice there are 2 quite similar sentences in this Lord’s Prayer. It should be sufficient to say that ‘Lead us not into temptation’, but it is followed by ‘but deliver us from the evil one’. Why this repetition? We can see God’s concern and emphasis for us to beware. God knows all the temptations and buried mines surrounding His children, and this double warning is His way of making sure for us. 

Just like when we pray every morning to the Lord, “Please do not let my child fall into temptation”, but we also are aware that there are many temptations he may not be able to overcome, so we pray to the Lord, “Please deliver us from the evil one.” This is a special consideration from God as He knows how fragile we are. 

The fact is, we cannot win over these temptations easily, as Satan will not give up without fight. We need to rely on the wisdom that God provides for us to win. So, our prayer, ‘Lead us not into temptation’ has the same meaning as ‘Provide us the wisdom to win over the temptation’. When God had asked Solomon what he would like God to give him, he answered that he would like to have the wisdom to discern the good and evil. 

We all need to have this discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. Think about Eve in Genesis who was tempted by Satan, but realized it much later. How about Peter who loved Jesus but wouldn’t accept Jesus’ suffering, and then was rebuked by Jesus, “Satan, get behind me”? As seen above, we all have this weakness to follow Satan without discerning it is him. 

Sometimes we realize it is a temptation, but still follow it. We know it in our heart, but cannot withstand it. James 1:14  “But each one is tempted when, by his own desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” 

Here he is dragged away and enticed, and described in Greek ‘porne-rou’, and from this word comes ‘porno’, later meaning an addiction

James 1:15  “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” 

We do our best not to sin, and it is not easy. Winning is possible only when we have the inner strength to overcome the urge. So, when we pray, “Deliver us from the evil one”, that is our urgent request for help from God. 


4. 
That is right. We cannot win over the temptation with the laws of the world, just the same as the dead cannot be helped by the dead. We need another kind of law. And that is the law of Jesus Christ who came back to life after death, bringing the law of the Spirit of life. 

Romans 8:1-2  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” 

This is the Holy Spirit, and he knows our weaknesses for the temptation of sins and the strength of worldly desires and the evil forces. Jesus, fully aware of this, sends out his disciples and says to them, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.” (Matthew 10:16) 

The sheep do not know how weak and powerless they are. Why are we humans portrayed as sheep in the Bible? The sheep are born near-sighted, and their hearing is weakest among the animals. When they are upside-down, they cannot correct their position, so they become the prey of the wolves. The sheep even cannot get rid of bugs on them and sometimes bite each other to death. And they do go astray at every chance, so they need to have the shepherd always with them. 

“The Lord is my shepherd” is possible only when we acknowledge that we are like sheep. Do not try to be your own shepherd, it is not possible. A sheep is a sheep, and sinners are sinners, and there is no distinction between the more severe sinners and less sinners. 

Nobody can predict what kind of temptation will come to his way. The evil forces attack us so strongly in our lives that we cannot win over them even if we are prepared in advance. 

Only those who continuously pray this prayer under God’s guidance can win: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” 

This is not a theory of Jesus, but his realization that this prayer is the only way for us to win on this earth. He advised his disciples to “keep on praying so as not to be tempted”, and He started every morning by praying before embarking on a very busy day. 

‘Praying’ means that you cannot live by your own power alone. While praying, you become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. 

Psalms 51:3  “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Only when we pray like this, we will receive the help from the Holy Spirit sent by God. 

Romans 8:26  “In the same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” 

In other words, the Holy Spirit is working inside of us. The Spirit is talking in our behalf and that is a lot more effective, as we don’t know where to go, what to do, and what is waiting ahead of us. The Spirit is praying for us ‘with groans that words cannot express’. 

And that is the reason why it is so important for us to meditate on God’s words always. Otherwise, we would listen to only our voices or world’s noises. Please plug-in to God and get connected to His words. 


For the past 3 weeks, you participated in our early morning prayer sessions, and I am grateful to you. ‘Early morning prayer sessions’ are our privilege and our ‘holy responsibility’, and early morning is the time for us to meet with our resurrected Lord Jesus and listen to His voices. 

Let us all sing this hymn #151, “I Serve a Risen Savior” 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Please discuss at the cell group meetings. 

1) How powerful do you think these temptations and evil forces attacking us in our lives? Do you believe this prayer is really needed by you every day? 

2) When you have the resurrected Lord Jesus in your life, what influence does it have in your battle against temptations and the evil one?


   

총 게시물 585건, 최근 0 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
105 2014.07.13.  그 성읍은 크고 견고합니다. 그러나! 여호수아 14:6~12 장찬영 목사
104 2014.07.06.  God’s great works, accomplished in secret Genesis 20:1-7 Rev. Woo
103 2014.07.06.  은밀하게 위대하게 창세기 20:1~7 우용철 목사
102 2014.06.29.  Brothers, what shall we do? Acts 2:37-47 Rev. Jang
101 2014.06.29.  형제들아 우리가 어찌할꼬? 사도행전 2:37~47 장찬영 목사
100 2014.06.22.  The People Intoxicated with New Wine Acts 2:5~13 Rev. Jang
99 2014.06.22.  새 술에 취한 사람들 사도행전 2:5~13 장찬영 목사
98 2014.06.15.  Like Wind, Like Fire Acts 2:1-4 Rev. Jang
97 2014.06.15.  바람 같이, 불 같이 사도행전 2:1~4 장찬영 목사
96 2014.06.08.  When the day of the Pentecost came Acts 2:1-4 Rev. Jang
95 2014.06.08.  오순절 날이 이미 이르매 사도행전 2:1~4 장찬영 목사
94 2014.06.01.  Do This in Remembrance of Me 1 Corinthians 11:23-27 Rev. Jang
93 2014.06.01.  이것을 행하여 나를 기념하라 고린도전서 11:23~27 장찬영 목사
92 2014.05.25.  Family Series (4) – “Asking Questions to Ourselves” Ephesians 5:22-33 Rev. Jang
91 2014.05.25.  가정 시리즈(4) - ‘가정, 스스로에게 묻는다’ 에베소서 5:22~33 장찬영 목사
처음  이전  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  맨끝

제목 : The eager expectation of God
설교일 : 2019.08.18
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
하이게이밍
클럽골드카지노
top카지노
탑카지노
안전놀이터주소
온라인카지노
우리카지노

HOME

교회소개

환영의글
담임목사 소개
비전과 사명
섬기는 사람들
예배시간&오시는 길

말씀

주일예배설교
수요예배설교
새벽예배설교
목양칼럼
읽는말씀(English&Korean)
Bible Time
성경필사

양육

유초등부
중등부
고등부
한국학교
하람 청년부
소망대학
Troy Hope
KKCA

선교

선교통신
  • 몽골선교
  • 방글라데시선교
  • 아이티선교
  • 과테말라선교
  • 볼리비아선교
  • 베네수엘라선교
  • 아프리카선교
  • 터키선교
  • 기타선교권
  • 선교역사관
  • 나눔터

    공지사항
    찬양영상
    사진 게시판
    새가족 사진게시판
    새땅지