Don’t Mess With It!

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10.13

TEMPTATION – who among us likes to be tempted? None of us ever set out on a day’s journey to see how many times we can be tempted. But we know that at any turn of the road, any encounter with others, any unchecked thought life we can be facing temptation head on. We must first be thankful that Jesus knows what temptation is all about. The Bible says that He was “tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4.15) Satan’s tactics have not changed since his first encounter with the human race in Genesis 3. The three categories of temptation are: (1) the lust of the flesh, (2) the lust of the eyes, and (3) the pride of life. Sometimes we become so “fixed” on the first phrase of the verse above that we fail to see this promise: “but God is faithful …” God is faithful to everyone of His children. How do I know this? Because of the remainder of this verse and because of my own personal experiences with God and temptation. Look at these words: God “will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able …” That is not just a pious thought, that is a promise from your Heavenly Father. Now look closely at these words: God “will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Do you see it? A way to escape! The desire to embrace the temptation must be overcome by the words from your Heavenly Father that there IS a way to escape – look for it! You CAN bear the temptation without yielding to it. God says you can. Just My Thoughts  …

Pastor Jerry

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