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. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
I think we get mixed up sometimes when we talk about trials and temptations. In the spiritual realm, who is doing what??? Who’s on first, as it were… ???
A trial puts our faith and patience in action and yes, trials are from God to make us stronger. If we were never given trials, we would be soft and sappy and we’d never know just how much God means to us. Trials are not fun, but we know that God is faithful through them and that He will make a way for us.
This verse speaks of temptations – and those are not from God. The enemy of our soul brings temptations to us – it seems they are constantly in front of us. Temptations come in so many ways and sometimes we don’t even recognize them for what they are – because let’s face it – the enemy of our soul is good at what he does.
If you’re sitting down – GET UP!!! It’s time to do our exercises! This will help your physical health, but it will help your spiritual health too! 🙂
… and if the devil doesn’t like it, he can SIT ON A TACK… OUCH! Ah – I love that song, don’t you?
The devil is sneaky… to put it mildly. He offers solicitation to that which is evil, and hence Satan is called “the tempter” (Matthew 4:3). He tempted Christ in this way in the wilderness. That temptation was not internal, but by a real, active, subtle being. Why did Jesus have to endure that temptation? It was an act of obedience on His part. I’m thankful it was recorded in the Bible because it shows me that no matter what ol’ split-hoof puts before me, with God’s help, through my Savior, Jesus Christ, I can overcome it.
Temptation is common to all, as this Scripture reminds us – other passages mention it as well (Daniel 12:10, Psalm 66:10, Luke 22:31 & 40, Hebrews 11:17, James 1:12 & 1 Peter 1:7). Is it a big deal? Ya think??? YES – temptation is a big deal and it is common to all. We are human beings living on this earth and we will be tempted. We’re not in trouble for being tempted – we’re in trouble when we submit to it and subsequently sin against God.
Does God give us a pass on sin just because we are exposed to temptation every day? The Apostle Paul would say, “Heaven forbid!” No! God’s people are to be on their watch against temptations. We are told that if we resist the devil, he will flee. If we tell Satan to leave in the Name of Christ Jesus… he can’t stick around.
So while we will be tempted time and again… there is a way of escape in the Name of Christ! Speak HIS Name in the face of the enemy and He has to flee. In the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I command you to leave now, devil! 🙂