1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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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

Just prior to making this statement, Paul points out the blessings the Israelites were given, yet the fell into temptation and sinned against God. Because of those sins, they were punished multiple times.

Every person is tempted to do something that they should not do. It is a common thing to happen for every person regardless of age, nationality, sex, or any other factor determining who the person is.

The world sees the temptation as being tempted to break their own laws. Those laws are very fluid and not always agreed upon. Many will deny that following those temptations are bad, as long as it does not appear to hurt anyone.

Believers are to follow the rules God has laid out for them. The temptation arises to break those rules. Many believers have fallen into temptation, only to say that the temptation was too great for them.

They often feel that they need to do the wrong thing, because of other factors. The reasons are many: peer pressure, fear of failure, past mistakes, not knowing another way out, fear of standing out as different, fear of persecution or ridicule, along with many other reasons.

Every temptation is really no different from one person to the next. No matter what the temptation is, someone else has gone through it at some point. The good news for believers, is that God always provides a way out from that temptation.

The way out may be as simple as walking away. Or it could be changing your thoughts by doing something else. Taking time to pray or worship God. Just saying no to the temptation. Begin doing something for God.

You will be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. However, you do not have to give into the temptation. You do not have to sin.

When being tempted ask God for the direction out and away from that temptation. And then be willing to move in that direction.

God will always make a way out, however, you must be willing to follow God’s directions. There is no reason to sin. You are a new person in Jesus. Be the new person.

I pray today that you will see God’s way out of temptation; that you will seek God when tempted; that you will turn away from all temptation; and that you will live to please God in every area of your life.

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Job 1:8 Being Watched

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no ono on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8

At some point in time, Satan comes before God from wandering around the earth. Satan was known for trying to seek out people to get them to turn away from God. God asks him if he ever considered trying to attack Job. God calls Job a blameless and upright man. Satan had seen Job, but believed he was protected by God and could not touch him.

One of the greatest fears many people have is that they are being watched by someone else. People want to have their privacy, both in private and in public. Many are concerned about privacy on the internet, knowing that all their websites they see can be tracked and known by others.

The truth is that people are being watched all the time and that there is nothing that can be done about it. People watch other people in stores, on the street, in a church, everywhere they go. Along with people watching others, both God and Satan are watching people also.

Satan is watching you to find a way to get you to sin against God. He is looking to see where he can find your weakness to sin. His goal is to tempt you to sin and get you to actually sin.

God is also watching you. He wants to see you live for Him. When you dedicate your life to Him, He is watching. Sometimes God sees that your heart is truly dedicated to Him, so He chooses to let you be tempted by Satan, believing that you will make the right choice. God sees that you are blameless in Jesus and turn from evil.

It is then that God may give Satan permission to look at you and tempt you. God is testing you to see if you are strong and faithful to Him. Satan will test you to see if you are weak and unfaithful to God.

Are you living your life in such a way that God is willing to put your life on the line with Satan?

Keep your eyes and life focused on God. Make sure you are living faithfully for God. God and Satan are watching how you are living. They both want you.

I pray today that you will live for God; that God will give you strength to be faithful to Him; and that you will bring honor to God in all you say and do.

Judges 16:17 Giving In To Pressure

So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazarite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” Judges 16:17

Samson was a child God had given his parents when they were unable to have a child. He was dedicated to God at birth to be a Nazarite. There were certain vows that were made to God that had to be kept.

As a Nazarite, God gave him supernatural power and strength. When he married Delilah, the Philistines threatened her to get her to find out the secret of his strength. After lying to her several times, Samson gives into her pressure and tells the truth. She then has his hair cut and he loses his strength and is captured by the Philistines.

Pressure is what gets something to work. The build up of pressure from the gas being on fire in an engine is what starts to move the pistons, which in turn gets the engine running and moving the car down the road.

However, pressure can also be done in a way that is not good. The world will always try to pressure a believer into doing something wrong or allowing something wrong to be done.

Delilah put a lot of pressure on Samson to tell her the truth about his strength. The world will put the pressure on you to give in to temptations or to reveal something that is to be kept secret.

There will be times God will tell you something that is not to be shared. It is only for you to know. Do not allow the world to pressure you in to revealing that information. Do not allow the world to pressure you to sin against God.

God is stronger than the one who is in this world and He is in you. He can give you the strength to withstand the pressure.

Are you relying on His strength to overcome the pressure?

Or are you relying on your own strength to overcome the pressure?

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will recognize pressure that is against you and God; that you will not give into pressure to sin; and that God will strengthen you to stand up for Him under pressure.

Hebrews 2:18 He Can Help

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

Jesus is God and has existed for all eternity. He was the One who created everything that there is. As God, Jesus could not understand or deal with the power of sin in a human’s life. The Father knew this and so had Jesus take on a body and become like every human being that ever walked this earth.

Part of being a human being is going through temptations to sin against God. Everyone knows of the temptation of Jesus with the devil in the wilderness, but often forget of the many other temptations that He dealt with. The Bible does not look at the other temptations and describe them that way. Think about the challenges Jesus had as to when to heal a person; or when the people wanted to make Him king; or when He did not go to heal Lazarus, but had to wait to let him die first; and during the time of the crucifixion to not get off that cross and kill everyone.

Jesus suffered through all of those temptations and many more. He was tempted many times to do something that was not God’s desire. Yet, every time He chose the correct path.

This was done in order to help you. Every person on this earth faces temptations to sin against God. Sometimes those temptations are big and powerful, other times they are small little pokes, but either way they are there to stop a person from serving God.

When you are faced with temptation, you must take the time to look at Jesus. Realize that He has “been there, done that” already. He can show you the way out of that temptation. He can give you the strength to flee that temptation.

This can only be done if you allow Him to do so. He is there to help you, not condemn you or set you up for failure. Will you trust Him? Will you turn to Jesus for help? Will you turn away from all sin?

A lot of people do not like to receive help. As a believer in Jesus, you need to accept His help. Do not let pride stop you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for help; that you will not allow temptation to win in your life; that you will flee all temptation to sin; that you will allow Jesus to break the power of sin in your life; and that you will allow Jesus to use you to be His witness of His power.

1 Corinthians 10:13 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

Paul just finished giving a small list of examples of people falling into temptation from the Bible. He points out that they were shown as examples to everyone as to what not to do. Now he talks about temptation directly.

When people go through temptation, they often feel that they are the only ones going through it or that it is unique to them. Yet, every temptation a person can go through is common to all men. The main difference is that people are more open to certain temptations than to others.

God does allow a person to be tempted. It is part of the freedom of choice He has given each person. Temptations will come your way, if not at the moment, just wait a little and they will show up again.

With knowing that you will be tempted, God also provides a way out of that temptation. There is a way to get away and resist it. The challenge is to see that way out and accept it.

You have a choice as to whether to follow that temptation, or flee from it. You do not HAVE TO sin, it is a choice.

When you are flipping through the channels on TV, you have the choice to skip pass a bad show or movie. When things go wrong in your life, you have the choice as to whether you get angry and sin or accept the challenge. When you are offered to do something sinful you do have the choice of whether to say no and walk away or to accept it. The list of temptations are endless, but God will provide a way out every time. Take the way out.

Ask God to show you the way out. Get and keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the temptation will disappear. Do not give in to the temptation.

I pray today that you will not allow yourself to be overcome by temptation; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will show you the way out; that you will take the way out of temptation; and that God will use you to strengthen and encourage others to flee temptation.

Luke 22:40 Forgotten Prayer

“On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40

The disciples and Jesus had just finished the last supper together. They went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus had told them that one of them would betray them and He would get crucified. Now was a time for prayer. He tells them to start praying to not fall into temptation.

Jesus knew the troubles the disciples would be facing over the next few days. He would be crucified and anyone who followed Him would be severely persecuted. They would have to face the decision of whether to continue to stand with Him, trusting Him when everything showed not to.

He would be dead. Would they trust that He would rise again or give in to the pressures to not follow Him anymore?

This is where the time for prayer comes in. In themselves, they would not have the strength to overcome the temptation to deny Him. They would need the strength of God’s Holy Spirit in them.

It is no different today. You will go through times of troubles in which you may doubt God or turn from Him into temptation. The devil and the world will seek ways to get you to sin against God.

Long before that time comes, you should be in prayer asking God for strength to escape the temptation to sin. God will always provide a way out, then you must be willing to take that step. You must be willing to flee from all temptation.

Seeking God for help before temptation comes gets your eyes on Him first. When your eyes and thoughts are focused on God, you will be able to flee from temptation. You will not fall into temptation. Do not allow yourself to fall asleep and not prayer.

Keep your eyes and thoughts focused on God today.

I pray today that God will give you strength to not fall into temptation; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will reveal ways to avoid temptation; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength to flee all temptation.

Mark 14:38 Stopping Temptation

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

Jesus was getting ready to be betrayed and crucified. He went into the garden to spend some time in pray. He told the disciples to pray also. When He came back from praying for an hour He found the disciples asleep. Then He speaks today’s verse.

Jesus states there are two things that a person must do to keep from falling into temptation. The first is to watch.

When a person is watching, he is alert to what is going on around him. He knows when there is trouble starting to occur.

As you watch you will see when temptation starts to arise. You will know trouble when it arrives. At that point you have the ability to turn and flee from it.

If you are not watching you will not see it coming and will fall into temptation and sin.

The second thing stated was to pray. When a person prays, his focus is on God. All of his attention is directed towards God.

When your attention is focused on God, you will not focus on yourself and sinful habits. You will not be looking at the world and what the world has to offer.

During times of prayer, God can fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you strength to turn away from all sin. God can reveal to you ways to get away from the temptations being presented.

Most believers will easily state that they do not want to sin. Their hearts desire is in the right place, but their sinful self gets in the way. Most will fall to the desires of the flesh–sin.

God is Spirit. Your spirit needs to be in tune with God’s Spirit to walk the correct path. Allow your spirit to stay aligned with God’s Spirit. Allow God’s Spirit in you to control your flesh and desires.

Do not allow yourself to fall into temptation. Stay awake and alert and focused on God. Allow God to help you flee from temptation. Do not fall into temptation’s snare.

I pray today that God will keep you alert and watching; that you will stay focused on God; that you will pray continually; and that God will give you strength to flee all temptation.