O Lord! my God how excellent are You Lord! in all the earth how Wonderful are You Lord.// Thanks Thanks Lord we gave You Thanks for all You have done in my life, You are great, Our Soul has find rest O God! we give You thanks. O Lord I lift Your Name Higher, I lift Your Name higher, Lord I lift Your Name higher, I lift Your Name higher, shout alleluia. alleluia, alleluia, shout alleluia alleluia, shout alleluia alleluia.

O Lord we thank You, we bless Your Holy Name, we adore You we give You Praise, adoration to Your Holy Name, thank You for the privilege of another brighter day You have made and said we should rejoice and be glad in it. Lord I stand in Awe of Who You are, glory be to Your Name on high in Jesus Name. Let the living water flow over my soul, let the Holy Spirit come and take control of every situation that troubles my mind, all my care and burden unto Thee I come.

Father indeed in Your Name we come this day to worship and glorify Your Holy Name. Blessed be Your Holy Name in Jesus Name. Holy Spirit of God come into our heart and teach us something new again today as we gather unto no other thank unto God. Praise be to God forever in Jesus Name.

Beloved, how are doing today? Hope God has been so faithful to you? I am enjoying His goodness day in; day out, He has been too good to me, my family, career and ministry of which you and I have are part of, glory be to Jesus. The Name of the Lord is a Strong tower, the righteous runnereth into it and safe.

Beloveth God is our Maker, our Lover, our Shield, our Defender, our Redeemer, and our Protector; He is our all in all. Glory be to God on high.

Beloved, our God is a Holy God. In Him is full of holiness, whoever that will serve Him or be called His own must depart from iniquity, he/she must be far from evil and must worship God in Spirit and truth.

In our study today we will be considering one of the prayer point taught by our Lord Jesus to His disciples, “but deliver us from all evil” which have been misrepresented by many while praying. However, we will be considering the original version of that prayer point as taught it by our Lord Jesus Christ today.

God’s Word taught us that God is love, in Him there is no evil. And it also said let no one say when being tempted said that he is tempted by God. After the creation God declared everything “good” (Gen 1:31). But when Adam and Eve eat the forbidding tree in the garden, evil was introduced in the world.

Evil enter the world through disobedience. A bible walk will also reveal so much of evil committed by the Israelite through disobedience. This lead to so many who left the Egypt and saw all the wonders of God from the Division of the Red Sea to spreading of table in the wilderness not enter into the promised land because of their evil conducts (Exo 19, Deut 1:30-40).

Our Lord Jesus Christ embarked on Redemption mission because all men have sin and fall short of the glory of God. And while He was here, He taught His Disciples to pray and they the pray thus “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is heaven, Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptations, but deliver us from all evil. However, this prayer point we will be considering today has been turned into “but deliver us from the one” which is a deviation from the original version of the prayer taught.

As children of God we are to shun evil and embrace righteous living. When Apostle Paul was converted, he turned away from evil and we went on preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus. What a dispensation of grace. Cain killed Abel and his generation was doom forever.

However, Paul when converted did not go back to his sinful acts again rather He went on to preach the Word of God but he suffered for the sake of the gospel according to the Word of God to Ananias (Acts 9: 1-16, Rom 6:1;23).

Beloved, do we go on sinning because grace “abounds” for us? From our teaching’s today, however, we will learn what we must do if we must enjoy God’s kingdom and have a fellowship with Him. Come along with us as we explore more:

Nehemiah 11:20-12:47, Psalm 102:1-11, Proverbs 20:22-23, Romans 12:1-21

Evil Is Bad for Us

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.—Romans 12:9

In considering the words “Do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” here we concentrate on “deliver us from the evil one.” Notice it is not a prayer for deliverance from this or that type of evil, but from evil itself. To Jesus, evil was evil in whatever form it came—whether in the evil of the flesh or the evil of the disposition, whether in the individual will or in the corporate will. Evil was never good, and good was never evil.

Someone has pointed out that the word “evil” is the word “live” spelled backwards. Evil, then, could be said to be anti-life. Non-Christians are finding out how not to live the hard way. They think they know better than God and follow a way of their own choosing, only to find, like the rats in the scientific experiments who go down the wrong path, that there are wires at the end which carry electric shocks. These shocks are of various kinds: neuroses, inner conflicts, as well as some forms of physical illness.

Society is concerned about a disease called sexual herpes which is spread through sexual permissiveness. God has made it impossible for us to live against His design or harm ourselves without His protest. And He protests because He loves us.

We can decide to have done with evil. The best way to deal with evil is to keep away from it, hence the prayer “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” I say again, evil is bad for us, and good is good for us.

Prayer         

My Father, You who made me for good, because goodness is good for me, help me to abstain, not only from evil, but from the very appearance of it. For Your own dear name’s sake. Amen.

Further Study

Gn 39; 1Co 10:6; 1Th 5:22; 1Pt 3:11; 2Tm 2:22

How did Joseph resist temptation?

What did Paul advise Timothy?

Beloved, evil is evil and will never be good neither will any element of good comes out from it. God utterly destroyed the erring Israelite having done evil in His sight, Cain suffered while living on earth because of his action against his brother Abel. God destroyed the generation of Noah because of their evil deeds and only Noah and his family was saved. An entire cities were wipe away because of it evil deeds before the sight of God. (Num 14:11-35, Deut 1:30-40, Gen 4:9-12, Gen 6:5-22, 8:21, 18:20-22, 19:24-25).

Unfortunately, evil still persist in the land and even in our generation. Beloved, the Lord is calling on us this day, we must shun evil and turn to righteous living. The Lord will help us and guide us through the Holy Spirit when we surrender our lives to Him.

Stay away from all appearances of evil according to the Word of God (Rom 6:20-23).

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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