Wednesday, August 5, 2009

On Temptations....

No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it (1Corinthians 10:13 MKJV)

Click to read the Reference Text: 1Corinthians 10:6-14

Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. If we want to avoid the plagues of Israel then we should fear the sins that led to their plagues. Remember that nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian's security against sin is distrust of himself and absolute trust in God. This is a word of caution as well as a word of comfort. Others have the similar burdens, and face similar temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers (in Christ) shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety. Amen!

No comments: