…lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil [one]… Matthew 6:13
It has been correctly observed that followers of Jesus have been, are being and will be saved. We have been saved from the penalty of sin by virtue of receiving Christ’s finished work at the cross. We will be saved from the presence of sin when we are glorified before the Father in our eternal heavenly home. And we currently are being saved from the power of sin through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
Because we have yet to be taken from the presence of sin, it could appear that God is leaving us in a spiritual state where we are being ‘led into temptation’. Of course, this is not true. First Corinthians 10:13 clearly teaches, ‘No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.’
But, what we will surely encounter are life situations where our ‘desires’ may be stimulated to disobey God. And it might feel like it is unfair for God to allow us to go through these experiences.
Yet He is not unfair. He is simply leading us to understand Titus 2:11-12, ‘For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.’
In answer to our prayers, God Himself will strengthen and sustain us as we live for Him as He continues the work of sanctification in us. Remember that, ‘…he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.’ Philippians 1:6