I don’t know about you , but for me the Christian life is HARD. Sometimes. I feel as if Dying to self and living set apart is the greatest struggle I face. While that’s my greatest struggle, being OBEDIENT to the will of God has proven to be my greatest joy. The bible has so much to say about temptation.
Why? You might want to ask.
I believe the reason may be this: Even though we have surrendered our lives to Christ doesn’t mean that we don’t struggle or won’t be tempted to sin quite contrary I think the struggle is even greater, but when the temptation arise we do have the proper response right before us.
It is my personal opinion that 1 Corinthians 10:13 offers proper perspective to how we should handle any temptation we face. It says:
1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.
When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
What does that mean?
1. My temptation is NOT special!- Sorry to break it to you, BUT if you thought being tempted was something only YOU face, God’s word says the contrary in this verse. It says “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience…..” If you’re a believer you WILL face temptation just like EVERYONE else.
2. However God is Faithful and your temptation WILL NEVER be greater than what you can handle or the God you serve. When Paul wrote “And God is FAITHFUL. He will never allow the temptation to be more than you can stand…..” it should challenge us to quickly remember that no matter how great the temptation to do contrary to what God requires of us, it is no greater than what we can STAND. WHY?
3. The last part of this verse gives the WHY. God will ALWAYS provide an escape. Paul finishes this by saying ” When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” In any tempting situation God will always give you the victory. The failure to overcome lies on what we CHOOSE to do. It lies on who we want to serve at that moment.
So are you being tempted? Based on this verse, what’s the PROPER response?
As always Jesus is Lord and That is All