Day 79…1 Corinthians 10:12-13

January 23, 2013 at 5:00 AM 1 comment

I Corinthians 10:12-13: Temptations

Paul continues to use the children of Israel as an example of what not to do, as he discusses the topic of temptations.

v.12, the children of Israel had experienced many miracles right before their very eyes. Yet they gave into temptation many times. Paul warned the Corinthian believers to “be careful not to fall” into temptation as well. He warned them because they began to take pride in their faith and to take it for granted what Christ did for them. They thought they were “standing strong” and they began to be very sure of themselves to the point of being pridefully, that is the time they will “fall.” Paul also warned that they could fall into temptation just as the Israelites did when they fell into idolatry. Paul warned the Corinthian believers to not let down their guard because that was the time when they are most liable to fall.

v.13, “the temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.” Temptations come into every believers life, no one is exempt. Temptation is not sinful, the sin comes when a person gives into a temptation. But God does not leave us to be tempted, “God is faithful.” He will not always remove the temptation because facing it could be a way of God strengthen our faith. However he will “not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” There is no temptation that a believer can’t resist, but the believer must stand against it. Each temptation can be resisted because God made it possible to resist–he’s our strength against temptation. God promises that “when you are tempted he will show you a way out you can endure” so you won’t give into the temptation and fall into sin. It will take self-discipline to look for the “way out” in the middle of the temptation, then take it when it is found. Probably the most obvious way out is staying away from things, people or events that tempt you. Example: if you have a problem with lust, you need to stay away from books, movies, magazines and websites that lead to temptation to lust. Common sense, right?! Another way out is by having friends that you can trust who can hold you accountable when you’re tempted. That person can ask you the tough questions and support you and pray for you. God loves his people so much that he will always provide a way out when temptation comes.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  The most important point that strikes me here, is to get back into meeting regularly with my accountability partner. I have been out of the habit for a while now. And temptations have sprouting up regularly. So I need to connect back with my accountability partner and share honestly my struggles with him. And when temptations come remember God is going to supply a way out, so pray and ask for help. I know he will give because he loves me.

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