Saturday, December 13, 2014

1 Corinthians 10:13

1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

First we need to realize that temptation is not sin. Just because you are tempted does not mean you are living in sin. Remember, even Jesus was tempted and we know He did not sin. Temptation only becomes sin when give into it.
I think that many of us have beat ourselves up because a thought has come into our mind, and we think it is sin. Then we end up sinning because we did not take that thought captive. Paul says we need to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
Another problem that we all have to face when dealing with temptation is thinking that we are alone. I can guarantee that you are not. This verse confirms it. As it says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.” Any and every temptation that you have faced or are currently facing has been faced by millions before you.
One of the devils goals is to divide us and split us away from each other. If he can trick you into thinking that you are alone in your temptation then he is halfway to his goal, and you will take care of the rest. So don’t think you are alone in your struggle. You are not.
“And God is Faithful.” He knows what you can handle and will not let you be tempted beyond that. So every time that you are tempted, know that God already knows that you can resist it. He has faith in you. Beyond that, He has also given you a way out. In every temptation, God has provided you with an escape, you just have to use it.
To sum it all up remember temptation is not sin, every temptation is common, God doesn't allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to resist, and He will always provide a way out. If you do that you are set, you can resist any temptation. God is rooting for you and knows that you can succeed.

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