This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
NO TEMPTATION HAS OVERTAKE YOU THAT IS NOT COMMON TO MAN. GOD IS FAITHFUL, AND HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND YOUR ABILITY, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION HE WILL ASLO PROVIDE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ENDURE IT · 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13
Paul starts out this part of his letter to the church in Corinth recalling multiple different instances where the Israelites began in following God, and soon after abandoned their faith in Him. Many weren’t rooted in trusting the Lord – easily tempted into sexual sin, doubt, and idolatry. He recalls these accounts as a warning to the believers in Corinth – a reminder that standing firm in faith isn’t achievable on their own strength and will.
I once heard someone say, “The Holy Spirit is our only shot at fighting sin”, and I have since never forgotten it. In my weakest moments, I really struggle with overeating. It is so easy for me to choose ‘food’ as my comfort, and the consequences have had a cost. 20 pounds gained in college, many lies to friends in denying my habits, and a soul so afflicted by false-comfort that real comfort seemed out of reach. Praise God that He has used this passage to minister to me – particularly once I let people “in” to help me out of the valley this stronghold was in my life! And yet, I still have to be on guard.
Paul warns the believers who think they are ‘standing firm’ in their faith to live ‘on guard’ –prepared for temptations to come, in full knowledge that they could very well fall like the Israelites did if they aren’t careful to cling to Christ. Our best security against sin is prayerful vigilance and divine dependence.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man”: What an assurance. We are not alone in our fight against sin.
“God is faithful and HE WILL NOT let you be tempted beyond your ability”. I love how God’s faithfulness in this verse is directly linked to a promise He is making clear to us through Paul. He won’t allow the Enemy, the world, your friend, or even your own heart to tempt you beyond your ability to bear it.
The caveat here is this: He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability to endure it WITH HIM. On our own, goodness there are plenty of temptations that would truly be unbearable – frankly all of them are. Left to our own self-reliant defenses we are truly helpless. We need the ever-present and available help of the Lord to see freedom from temptation.
“BUT with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”: There is always a way out. The eject button will be so clear to you. The enduring ability will be found in Him alone. We’ve got to abide in His help – His strength will be enough for anything that comes our way. We will not be overcome if we rely on Him.
Are you snuggling with the sin in your life? Or seeking to kill it? Abide, ask, and be on guard. There is real freedom on the other side of your doubt, and its permanency is only possible with the help of the Lord.