Scripture:

1 Corinthians 10: 13 “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.”

Observation:

Paul is writing to the Corinthians who are engaging in all kinds of wrongdoing, idol worship, sacrifice, fortification and lust. How is a Christian supposed to resist in this kind of society? How are we to resist in our society today? Paul tells us all that we must stand strong. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to give in. We all experience temptations. Paul tells us that if we just look for it, God will provide us a way out.

Application:

Sometimes when I am tempted, I do not stand firm. I do not look for the way out that God provides for me. I must spend more time praying and more time in God’s world and less thoughts and deeds in this world. Sometimes I feel that there is no way out of my temptations. I must remember that this is common to mankind throughout the ages. I am not the only one ever to have these thoughts and deeds. If only I will remember to look to God, he will provide my escape.

Prayer:

Holy Father, I want to stand strong and resist my temptations. I need your help to show me your way out. Help me to remember the price that Jesus paid for my sins. Help me to remember that the cross is because of my sins. I want to be like Christ and resist all of my temptations. I know that it can only be done with your help. Please help me when I need it most and keep me strong in your love.

– Don J