For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ESV
So much of religion these days is portrayed as what you can't do. It's not only non-believers who do this, but church goers too.
But in this prayer that Jesus uses to teach his disciples how to pray, he brings these two sides together in one monster but statement. It is not enough to avoid temptation - for that is simply beyond us. But we should ask too, to be delivered from evil.
Again, we can not deliver ourselves under our own steam. It's a God thing.
Just remember, it's not behavior thing, but a whole way of life.
You'll find this most wonderful 'but' in Genesis 6. Reading the beginning of this chapter really makes it look like even if God knew the future, he did not know what sin would feel like. He felt regret.
But Noah changed that by being who he was. The rest they say is history . . . this has to be one of the best Bible buts.
Genesis 6.5-12 reveals quite a bit about God. It appears that God regretted creation... but Noah was different. Hallelujah!
Jesus was warning would be followers that hanging out with Him was not all that easy. Jesus was saying that home comforts are quite nice to have around. But these niceties would be severely lacking on the path He was on. Look at the full transcript in Matthew 8.20.
Matthew 5.43 & 44