Today in our reading, Paul gives us two very helpful reminders about how to deal with temptation in our lives. Temptation is something that every Christian (and everyone, period!) must deal with.
Paul offers two really helpful encouragements today in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13. Listen to what God says today:
Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
What does he mean by that? Shouldn’t we stand?
Yes, we should. But we should remember how we stand. And remember whose strength we stand upon. If we think we stand on our strength or might or power, we will fall. We don’t stand based upon us. We stand based upon Him.
So, in your fight against temptation, be careful in your stand. Remember we stand only in Him. Don’t rely upon your power, or you will fall.
Rely upon His, and you will stand.
Second, Paul reminds us these words, that in every temptation, God will give us an escape. And out. A help.
What is that? Perhaps a Bible verse that you can call to mind in the midst of temptation. Or an accountability partner that will be there for you. Perhaps a song on your heart. Perhaps the ability to get up and walk out.
But, God has promised, He will give us an out. He will give us a way.
Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. You can do this. You can. Through Him and His power and strength, you can.
Don’t give up. He’s with you. And will be with you. Today and every day, in your struggle and temptation.
And through Him, we will overcome.
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