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Some Good News about TEMPTATION!

19 Mar

So my friend Frank and I are doing our everyday Bible reading — and this week we’re working our way through I Corinthians chapter 10. Just a reminder — we’ve agreed to read the same chapter everyday for a week. And we’ve gone through a bunch of NT epistles already.

But as I was reading through I Corinthians 10 this morning, I was struck with what Paul says in verse 13:

Here’s a brief outline (and a few comments) from this verse that I find very helpful:

I. You are not unique in your being tempted!

(“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind”).

Although we seldom share our temptations with anyone, we are all tempted! And James 4 says most of our temptations come from our depraved desires within us.

II. You are not alone in your being tempted!

(“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind”).

God is not picking on me when I experience temptation. And He doesn’t want me to be a Lone Ranger in my struggle against temptation and sin. That’s one of the main reasons for the local church — to help me!

III. You are not abandoned in your being tempted!

(“And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear”).

God is very much involved in our lives when we are tempted. He does not hide from us. He does not turn away from us when we’re dealing with the precursor to sin. He “won’t let us” implies that He is very much invested in how we respond to temptation!

IV. You are not helpless in your being tempted!

(“But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”).

There is “a way out.” It is not one of our own creation. We are not left to our finite wits to know what to do. Our God provides a way out!

V. You are not trapped in your being tempted!

(“But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”).

We would all, in our better moments, want to be done with temptation and sin, immune to our own twisted desires and the devil’s fiery darts. But that’s not God’s program. Temptations, testings, are given (or allowed) so that we might “endure” them, not merely escape them. And probably so that we can help others who face the same temptations.

Not meaning for this post to be an advertisement for my book When Temptation Strikes: Gaining Victory Over Sin. But I would be pleased to send you a copy for any amount of donation you care to provide. My contact information is on the right of this post.

Blessings on you as you, like I, fight temptation so that we can honor our Savior!

 
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