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On The Throne And In Control
12/11/2015

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. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard the phrases, “The Devil made me do it,” or “I just couldn’t help myself”?  There is no truth in either of these statements.  Both of these statements are simply an attempt to deflect one's responsibility for the choice, or choices they have made.  The truth is, each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed (Jas. 1:14).

The word temptation used in this verse is translated from the Greek word, peirasmos, pi-ras-mos, and it basically means to test or prove.  Many temptations are brought upon us by our own poor choices by the lust of our flesh.  And yet there are other temptations we will face that are actually tests allowed by God to prove our faithfulness (cf. Job).  So we need to be clear, God does not entice us to sin, but He will allow us to be tested by Satan through the enticement of our own fleshly desires (James 1:13).

Q:         But what if the temptation, trial, or test we face is too great to withstand, or bear?

The answer to this is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13—one of the greatest promises from God to each of us, as His children.  We’re told, “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 bear it.”

Our Creator has given us His personal assurance that we will not be given a temptation, trial, or test we cannot handle.

Understanding and accepting this biblical truth is huge, because it means we must acknowledge God is on the throne and in control of everything.  There will be many times when we face certain difficult situations and we might not feel we have what it takes to face them head on, but we must hold fast to this promise and remember God will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). 

Q:         So how can we endure (bear) temptation?

I believe we have been given great wisdom within God’s Word to guide us through any temptation we will face.  Here are four things we should be prepared to do when facing temptation. 

·      Focusing on Jesus:  By remembering first and foremost, every temptation can either be a test allowed by God, or an enticement to sin brought on by Satan, we must make the decision to immediately seek to focus our mind upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). 

·      Pray:  We must seek God through prayer at the very beginning of the temptation, and ask Him for His wisdom (John 14:26), and to allow us to see the temptation in the way He wants us to see it.

·      Be Committed:  We need to be committed to thinking upon the things we should be thinking upon (Phil. 4:8), which means taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)

·      Trust:  We must make the choice to obey God’s Word, and to trust in Him for helping us through what we are facing.

I want to encourage you today to remember that God will not allow you to be tested in any way, shape, or form, above what you are able to bear, regardless of what Satan wants to do (1 Peter 5:8).  Remember, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4), which means God is in control. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, what promise have we been given?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see areas in your life where you are being enticed by the desires of your flesh?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take every thought captive, and be prepared to fix your mind upon Christ when you are tempted by the enemy to think upon improper things.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me mighty weapons for battling the enemy in his temptations, and for taking down strongholds of sin within my life.  Help me to see these temptations for what they are, and to abide in You so I may be proven faithful.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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