“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” [1 Corinthians 10:13]
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Temptation is not of God, but God does allow us to be tempted. Many do not understand the just of this, so let me explain it before we get into our message. Temptation comes from the devil; and it is a tool he uses to distract, deceive, and lie to the children of God. So why then does God allow devil to temp us? Scripture tells us that ‘…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose’ [Romans 8:28]. Take note: No matter how hard devil tries, God has a way out of everything for you.
Look at Judas; he betrayed Jesus and hung himself [Matt.27]. When Judas saw that by his betrayal he was condemned, he took the 30 pieces of silver back to the priest [Matt.27:3], but the priest didn’t accept it, for he had what he wanted from Judas. You see, the problem wasn’t as much that Judas betrayed Jesus; the problem was that when Judas had conviction of what he did, he turned to the wrong side. When he realized that he was condemn by what he did, he didn’t turn unto Jesus, for he felt too guilty to do so, but instead tried to reason with the same people who deceived him with a mere 30 pieces of silver.
This happens so many times, even moreso today, because people are not taught that we have an active Advocate with the Father; and He is Jesus Christ. If only Judas were to turn to Jesus and seek forgiveness, the devil wouldn’t have had to opportunity to enter him [Luke 22:3]. There was a way out, but Judas’ conviction was so great that he looked pass what was right in front of him. Throughout the time Judas spent in the presence of Jesus, he was the treasurer; and he continuously stole money from the treasury bag, because he had little revelation of Who Jesus was. You see, sometimes we find folks being in the presence of our congregations, but they never realize, neither do they understand the presence of the anointing made available unto them. Look also at Thomas; after all the time he was with Jesus and witnessed all the wonderful miracles Jesus done, he still lacked in faith [John 20:25-29]. Thomas didn’t believe, because he didn’t see it himself.
Let’s take a look at our opening verse again: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…” It doesn’t mean that you born again that temptation will not come; however, it will come even more because now you actively standing against devil’s plan; but what you do when tempted is what really matters. “…but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” [1 Corinthians 10:13]. No
matter then temptation, there’s always a way out when you seek it. That way out is looking unto God’s Word. God’s Word is an ever present guide unto us; and moreso, we have the Holy Spirit of God, working in us and with us; but sadly, we ignore the Holy Spirit in such times. We might fall into temptation, but that is more the reason to turn to God. We find ourselves not wanting to study the Word of God, or we don’t want to pray, because we feel convicted of what we done or about to do. The conviction has come because of the guidance of the Spirit of God; not to make you feel ashamed, but for you to turn to God for forgiveness.
God allows temptation to come, because through temptation we are strengthened. Think of it; when does temptation comes? It is during our weakest moments! And when we are weak, the Spirit of God is there to strengthen us [Phil.4:13/Rom.8:11/Eph.3:16]. James 5:7 says that when we resist the devil, he will flee from us. How do we resist devil? It is by turning unto God our Father. When you look at a small child, when something seemingly dangerous is in front of them, they are quick to turn and run back to their father, because they know that they will find protection in the presence of their father. Have you seen a small child being brave to face certain challenges because they holding their daddy’s hand? We should caward out in life, instead, be like a small child walking bravely while holding your Father’s [God’s] hand.
David said in Psalm 95:8; “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.” Jesus also gives us good instruction to avoid falling into temptation: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Matt.26:41]. Allow the Word of God to dwell in you richly; and give heed to the Word of God, so that the Word might find good and fertile ground in your heart – “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away” [Luke 8:13].
There comes a time when temptation will be too great; and mankind will fall under this temtation, even now, that temptation is near; but behold the Word of God which says: “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away” [Rev.3:10]. Many great men has fallen by temptation, because they have not turned unto the Word of God which gives us a way out of temptation. In this teaching, we see that God is faithful; He will not suffer us above what we can handle; and He has a divine way to charter our lives out of temptation; making all things work for our good. I want you to look at this again: “‘…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” [Romans 8:28]. If you are born again, then you are called according to God’s purpose; but now is the question – ‘Do you love God?’ To repent is not a kind gesture, in fact, it is a commandment; and Jesus said: ‘If you love me, do my commandments’ [John 14:15].
You will find yourself doing good when you diligently study the Word of God. There is no excuse in why you can’t find the time. If you can watch TV, or have a general conversation with someone, even just for 5-10 minutes, or you just come home and sit down to relax after a long day of work; you do have time to study the Word of God. No one can be so busy that they can’t make time to study the Word. When you follow a
reading plan, you can study daily, even if it is just for 5-10 minutes. If you still can’t find the time, because you just want to relax for a few minutes; even after one hour of rest you will still be tired. The best way to relax is in the presence of the Word of God. You can never find yourself so busy that you can’t spare a few minutes to open your Bible and study, because that will cause you to miss Heaven.
Jesus said: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Matt.26:41]. You don’t need to spend hours in prayer, and you don’t need to pray behind close doors. Prayer is communicating with God; and God is ever ready to conversate with you. You can talk to God while getting ready for work, while making breakfast, while on your way to work; and during the course of the day. Don’t be so busy that you can’t make time to talk to God; for that is considered as ignoring God.
Praying in tongues is yet another vital aspect of staying out of falling into temptation, for praying in tongues edify him/her praying in tongues [1Cort.14:4]; it sharpens the spiritual senses and awakens the anointing to rise above it.
Remember, God will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able; your reaction to temptation matters.