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Scripture Reading: John 17:10-19

Keep Them From the Evil One


1.   Jesus prayed for His disciples before He left them, Jno 17:6-9.

2.   Jesus expressed His concern for their protection from Satan:

   a.   Apostles had kept God’s word given to them by Jesus, 17:6.

   b.   Jesus prayed the Father would “keep” them “through His name”, 17:11; that He would guard them by His power – So they would be united.

   c.   Jesus had guarded them, 17:12.

   d.   Jesus prayed they would have His joy in them in spite of the world’s hatred of them, 17:13-14.

   e.   Kept from the evil one by God as we are sanctified by truth, 17:15-17, 18-19.

3.   God protects us from the evil one like parents protect their children.


I. TEMPTATIONS ABOUND, 1 Cor 10:13 (Jas 1:14-16).

   A.   The Apostles as an Example.

      1.   Note: Jesus did not pray that there be no temptations: They are a fact of life for creatures with free will. He prayed they be guarded from Satan in the midst of temptations.

      2.   Temptation of division, Jno 17:11. Cf. at the Passover meal, Lk 22:24-27, so Jesus washed their feet, Jno 13:4-5.

      3.   Temptation of the world, Jno 17:14 (15:18-20). Cf. the temptation to conform to the world to avoid persecution.

   B.   Cf. Young People, 2 Tim 2:22.

      1.   Temptations of worldly lusts, 1 Jno 2:15-17.

      2.   Temptations of youthful arrogance, Titus 2:6-8. “People wrapped up in themselves make very small packages.” (Jessica Kennedy)

      3.   Temptation to stop listening to parents, Prov 19:26-27 (13:1)

      4.   Temptation to forget God, Eccl 12:1.

   C.   Cf. Older People.

      1.   Temptation of arrogance, Titus 2:2. “The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.” Edmund Burke

      2.   Temptation of cynicism, Eccl 12:1. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” (Oscar Wilde)

      3.   Temptation of negligent complacency, Gal 6:9; Heb 6:11.



   A.   Lead Us not into Temptation, Matt 6:13.

      1.   Not in the sense of never being tempted, else it denies God’s word that says we have common temptations (1 Cor 10:13).

      2.   Protection and deliverance, Jno 17:15; 2 Pet 2:9.

         a.   Psa 141:4: Bless us with a heart not inclined to evil.

         b.   Psa 34:15-19: Deliverance from trouble for righteous.

   B.   How does God Deliver Us from the Evil One?

      1.   By the power of His word, Jno 17:8, 11, 14-17. Use it.

      2.   By the power of unity, Jno 17:11. cf. Eccl 4:9-10

      3.   By the power of purity, Jno 17:17. cf. Jas 4:8

      4.   By the power of faith, Jno 17:8, 20. cf. Eph 6:16

      5.   By the power to flee, 2 Tim 2:19, 22. Use free will.



   A.   Temptation is Real and Sin is Deadly, Jas 1:14-16.

   B.   God Knows Us Better than We Know Ourselves.

      1.   Prideful arrogance minimizes temptation and sin, 1 Cor 10:12.

      2.   Peter thought he knew himself, Lk 22:31-34.

   C.   God Doesn’t Give Up On Us When We Sin, Lk 22:32 (Jno 21:15-19).

      1.   The Lord seeks the lost to save them, Lk 15:1-7.

      2.   You are delivered from sin when you repent, Acts 8:18-22.

   D.   God Will Forgive You of Every Sin when You Repent.

      1.   No sin goes unforgiven when we repent, 1 Tim 1:15-16.

      2.   Hope and joy of salvation – not the despair of regret, doubt and faithlessness, Jno 17:13 (15:11); Psa 51:12.

      3.   The answer when we sin is not to “throw in the towel” but to accept the Lord’s protection against temptation!



1.   God protects us in the time of temptation, Eph 6:10-11.

2.   If you have yielded to temptation and sinned, return to God in full repentance and He will save you and renew in you the joy of your salvation.