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Overcoming temptation

 

When dealing with His children, God’s loving and giving nature focuses on preparing them for His Kingdom. He may test us, but because we are the apple of His eye and He wants to establish His character in us. He provides us with instruction and encouragement in overcoming trials and temptation in I Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

“Common to man” means that the trials that come upon Christians are the same as occur to all men. As we live life, we find that in most cases these trials are unavoidable. They just happen. If it happens in the world, we are part of what is going on in the world, and these things affect us unavoidably. God says that He will provide “the way of escape,” implying that there is one right way out of each trial. There may be other optional ways, but Paul is stressing that there is “a way” and “the way.” We want “the way,” the one that God provides for us.

There is a reason for the Christian going through trials. God wants to see what his reaction will be. God is testing the Christian’s response to His declarations and His promises of faithfulness, and He wants to see if he will respond because God is faithful. Which way will he choose?

When we are tempted, God will help. He will provide a way out, not to avoid temptation, but to meet it successfully and to stand firm under it. This is testing as permitted and controlled by God to produce sterling character that is a reflection of His own.

God is faithful and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear and successfully conquer. He challenges us to meet the temptations that spring up before us on the road of life, beat them down, learn the lessons, and move on to receive the crown of life. He promises to be with us every step of the way. We are given assurance that even in the midst of the difficulties necessary for our preparation to inherit the Kingdom as co-heirs with Christ, He will generously supply our needs.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6.

 
 
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