Saturday, September 8, 2018

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV 2011

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.

 

Temptation is not sin. How an individual responds to the temptation is the test. In Greek the words temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested. Jesus was tempted. Matthew 4:1, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Jesus used God’s Word when tempted by Satan. Jesus provided believers a way to escape temptation. Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Prayer was the provision. John 3:21, “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.” Time spent in prayer points believers to the Savior.

 

This is a favorite Scripture and marked in my RSV Bible October 1983. During that time, I met with temptation almost every day. The enemy wanted me to roll over and deny God’s sovereignty. He desired that I curse God for our circumstances and then turn away from Him. Instead I drew closer to God spending time daily in prayer and redoubling my time spent with Him. Yes, I asked for a miracle but at the end of each day, I knew God was in control.

 

What poor choices lead to temptation?

 

Persistently praying together,

 

S

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