1 Corinthians 10:13 Always A Way Out

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

Every person deals with personal desires that they often should not have. In each and every case they have a choice to make as to whether to follow those desires or not.

Most often people give into those desires or temptations, because in their heart that is what they really want. After giving in, many will blame others or that the temptation was too great for them to turn it down.

Paul points out that all temptations are common to all people. He also points out that God will always make a way to get out of the temptation.

Just as the world will fall into temptations to do the wrong thing, many believers also give into temptations. They will often say that it was just too much for them to turn away from the temptation.

Although this may be true about the non-believer, it is not true for the believer. Every time that a believer is tempted, all one needs to do is to look to God for guidance and strength.

God does not want any believer to ever sin in any way. With this desire in His heart, He always makes a way that the believer can take in order to get out from under that temptation.

The most basic and simple ways to avoid the temptation are to flee it, begin to worship God, pray, read God’s word and go and be His witness. In other words, the believer must do what God has called him to do. Doing these things removes the power and desire of the temptation.

You are not alone in being tempted. There is nothing that you are tempted with that is not common for others. Every time that a temptation comes your way, and it will, refocus your attention upon God.

Do not give in to the temptation, causing you to sin against God. Allow God to guide you away from that temptation. The more you turn down a temptation, the easier it becomes to turn it down.

God is faithful and will always open a door to getting away from every temptation. Be willing to take that door out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for guidance in walking His path for you; that you will flee all temptation; and that you will see the door God provides to getting out of temptation to sin against Him.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Give It Your All

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Playing sports is something that a lot of people like to do in their spare time. Most people like to play some sport just for some leisurely fun every so often, but not on a regular basis or with any real seriousness to it.

Very few people are able to have the drive and put in the hard work and effort that professional sportsmen put in. They are content to just be an amateur.

Paul compares the believer’s life to that of a runner. He told the people to run the race in order to win the prize.

In every sport there is one person or team that gets the grand prize. Only one can be number one. In order to win the number one position, one must put in a lot of work and dedication to playing his best or improving to become the best.

As with playing sports, many people become a believer, but do nothing beyond that. They are content to stay right where they are.

Every believer ought to be running hard after God. He should strive to do his best and most for God all the time.

No matter how much a person knows about the bible, there is more to be learned. No matter how much a person prays, there are more prayers to be made. No matter how much a person flees from sin, there is more sin to flee from. No matter how much a person looks like Jesus, there is always room for improvement.

One should always strive to be the best for God in every area of his life, not out of pride, but out of love for God.

Examine your life and see how you are running the race to be more like Jesus and to do things for God. Have you allowed yourself to become lazy and not give your best? Or are you always striving to give your best to God in every area of your life?

Live your life for God in such a way as to be running for the grand prize that only one person can get. Do not allow yourself to be lazy and accept only second place. Every believer can qualify for the grand prize as he runs for it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to live more like Jesus everyday; that God will give you strength as you run hard after Him; and that you will not be disqualified to gain the prize of eternal life when Jesus returns.

1 Corinthians 8:6 One God, One Lord

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

In a world with billions of people, there are also billions of different views on life. People have different views on how life came into existence upon this earth and they have different views as to their purpose upon this earth.

These views range from believing in some god, to believing only in nature. Many will even believe in multiple ways of each.

Paul says that for believers there is only one God and one Lord. Both had made all things and believers live through both.

The world does not have a set standard that everyone completely believes in or follows. There are many different theories as to how life began on the earth. Some are similar to others, while some are standing alone. With all the different views, there is confusion and a lostness felt.

Many in the world often live in confusion as to how they are supposed to live their lives. All they see is many different gods and many different ways to live. There is no one set standard. They do not know or understand their purpose in their lives.

Every believer believes in that there is only one God. It is God the Father who created everything with His Son Jesus Christ at His side. Believing in only one God, gives meaning and purpose to life and removes confusion. It removes the confusion, because there is only one standard to live by.

Jesus came and showed people the way to live their lives and to please God. This guidance is now found in the Bible and is guided by the Holy Spirit.

You may be wondering at times what your purpose is in life. Jesus came to give you life and a purpose. That purpose is to love God and to love others. You are to be His witness everywhere you go, bringing more people to Him.

As you live in and through Jesus with God’s Holy Spirit guiding you, you will know how to live life in abundance and with purpose. You will not need to live in the confusion that the majority of the world is in.

And your purpose and life will last for eternity, not just a few years.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live in and through Jesus; that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will find purpose in living for God; and that you will pass on the good news of Jesus to others.