By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: September 30, 2016
From Series: Hooked
I 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”.
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”.
The devil knows how valuable we are to God. And we know it is only a matter of when, not if, he will attack. So, in the midst of struggle, remember temptation is not only horrendous, it’s also tremendous! Why? The weakest thing in the world is a virtue that has not been tempted or tested. Thus, be thankful, because the enemy is showing his hand. He knows God has something great planned for us right around the corner. When we feel isolated and think there’s no way out, it is merely a lie from the enemy, himself. He wants us to think we can’t tell anyone about our problems without judgment. But revealing our feeling is the beginning of healing. God wants us to share our struggles with a trusted friend or counselor. Community is key. That is why the local church is so paramount to the Christian life.
People drive one-ton, half-ton, and quarter-ton trucks. The manufacturer knows exactly how much weight the truck can bear. Our manufacturer, God, knows just how much temptation we can handle. Therefore, He always provides a swimming lane, an escape route. And on the other side of struggle, we will be just that much stronger. We will not cave when we know to look past the enemy’s cast. We may wobble in weakness, but HE, our gracious God, is strong.
Pray through the 23rd Psalm. First, read it slowly in silence soaking in the meaning of each word. Then boldly proclaim it aloud to God.
Choose a Bible verse that you find relevant to overcoming temptation and commit it to memory using first person pronouns. For example, “I am from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4).
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