Standing Strong Against Temptation
1 Corinthians 10:12-13: Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
For the Corinthian Christians to resist temptation, they first had to understand they were vulnerable. The one who thinks he stands won’t stay on guard against temptation, so he may easily fall. The Israelites thought they could safely enter into sin, idolatry and immorality; yet they met with condemnation.
Adam Clarke said: “The highest saint under heaven can stand no longer than he depends upon God and continues in the obedience of faith. He that ceases to do so will fall into sin and get a darkened understanding and a hardened heart.”
A professing believer can’t justify sinning with excuses that he’s simply human and therefore imperfect, or that in this life all born-again believers continue sinning in word, thought and deed. In Romans 6:1-2 Paul said: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
We often want to excuse our tempting circumstances as “very unique” and a “special exception,” but God reminds us that our temptation is not unique. Many other men and women of God have faced the same or similar temptation and have found the strength in God to overcome the temptation.
Others before us have found strength in the Lord to overcome our same temptation – and worse. So, we can be victorious – in the strength of Jesus, not in our own strength. We fight temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. God’s faithfulness expresses itself in two ways: He will not allow us to be tempted above that which we can bear, and He will provide us with each temptation a way by which we can endure the temptation and overcome sin.
God has promised to not only limit our temptation, but also to provide a way of escape in tempting times. He will never force us to use the way of escape, but he will make the way of escape available. It’s up to us to take God’s way of escape.
The way of escape doesn’t free us from all temptation. It gives us the strength to be able to bear it. To be tempted isn’t sin, but to entertain temptation or surrender to it is sin.
Published on May 21, 2018