Wednesday, October 31, 2007

But My Situation is Different!

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it" 1 Cor. 10:13.

No temptation has overtaken you, but such as is common to man. Your situation is not exceptional. People all over the world have gone through what we are facing. Sometimes our enemy wants us to think that our situation is worse than what others have faced. But many have faced it, and many have triumphed.

God is faithful. When we think that our situation is exceptional, we are choosing to believe that God is not faithful. We feel that God is being harder on us than on others.

Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability. But do we allow ourselves to be tempted beyond what we are able? Sometimes the temptations we face are not the ones God allows, but the temptations we allow. Should a recovering alcoholic go to a bar? "Flee immorality" (1 Cor. 6:18). "Flee from idolatry" (1 Cor. 10:14). "Flee the love of money" (1 Tim. 6:11). "Flee youthful lusts" (2 Tim. 22).

God will provide a way of escape. He will provide a way of escape for the temptations He allows. The only way of escape for the temptations we allow is ESCAPE -- FLEE. But the temptations God allows? He says we will be able to endure them. The temptations we cannot endure, then, are probably temptations that we've allowed.

3 comments:

BUD said...

Just thought I would add God never promises that life will be a bed of roses, but he does promise that we can do "all things through Christ who strengthes us" BUD

David said...

So, Bud, if we can do "all things through Christ who strengthens us", should the Christian with an alcoholic past, frequent the bars? ;) [said with a smirk!]

BUD said...

He also tells us to flee temptation, and that's not actualy doing anythin, "frequent the bars".
I would be more inclined to think the strength from Christ comes to keep me (oops them) out of the bars. Se it all started about 6000 years ago when God created the heavens and the eart, and then ... etc, and now we're wating His return in about 5 minnutes. Under stand now?

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