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The Lord knows how to deliver the godly
3/25/2014

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1Cor. 10:13 (NKJV)

In 2Peter 2:4-9 we’re told, “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.”   

In the set of passages the Apostle Peter is speaking of God’s wrath, righteous judgment, and His great mercy in delivering those who were righteous.  The stories were of Noah, and Lot.  Both lived in cultures not so different than what we live in now, in that the sin of perversion was rampant, and the people had no desire to walk with God.  In the first judgment God destroyed the entire population of the world with a great flood, but spared Noah and his family (Gen. 6-9:17), and in the second example listed in these verses, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone but safely delivered Lot and his daughters (Gen. 18:17-19:29).

There are many people who don't believe God is going to bring judgment upon the wickedness of this world, but they have forgotten that He already has.

Neither Noah or Lot were perfect, nor was their righteousness the result of abstaining from sin—in fact they were tempted in just about every way the others of their time were.  The difference was they abhorred sin, and didn’t want any part of it.  Some may try to argue that we have it harder than Noah, or Lot did, inferring the temptations we face are far greater than what they did, but I don’t believe this to be true.  Besides we’ve been given this promise in 1Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

So what truths can we—as Christian men and women—deduct from the Scriptures here in 2Peter and 1Corinthians?

·      We are not to be preserved from temptation

·      We will not going to be tempted beyond what they are able to bear

·      God will provide a way of escape in the midst of our temptations

Even with these amazing promises from God to us, there comes a responsibility on our part to meet each temptation head on, and to deal with it in a way honoring to The Lord (Rom. 12:1-2).  We do this by surrendering to His will as outlined in His Word—it is a life-transforming way of living, and it Spirit led.

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Gal. 5:16 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1Corinthians 10:13, what can we learn about God’s faithfulness and our temptations?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see God’s faithfulness in providing a way of escape during your times of temptation?  Are you seeking Him, and His Word during these times?

APPLICATION: We can find comfort knowing God won’t allow us to be tempted in some way we cannot bear, but we must be committed to seeking Him during these times, as He is our way of escape.  If we choose to walk in the Spirit, then we will find we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.

LET’S PRAY: Father, Thank You for Your faithfulness to deliver us from the temptations, and for protecting us against any overbearing temptation.  Help us to walk in the Spirit today, and to be reminded of these promises when we find ourselves being tempted.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen….

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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