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Temptation   1 comment

what is it about being man that makes us so depraved? at what point do we have the fortitude to overcome temptation? why do we so easily fall into the trap that we know sits right in front of us? even Christ told his disciples to “pray so that you will not fall into temptation,” (Matthew 26:41 NIV) and when telling them how to pray He says to pray that they are not led into temptation. but temptation doesn’t present itself every minute of every day. it seems to strictly present itself when we begin to feel as if we are figuring it all out. why is it that when we think that we are becoming strong that temptation rears its ugly head? is it because we are proud or are we just not near what we thought we were? but this is not an either/or question because these two thoughts are the same thing.
paul when writing to the church in corinth says of the forefathers that
2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. (1 Cor 10:2-5)
paul goes on to say that what followed was to be an example to keeps us from doing as they did. verses seven through ten tell of what was done to the forefathers and then paul says in verse 12 the most pivotal verse. “So, if you think you are standing firm be careful that you don’t fall!” so there can be no doubt that temptation is a result of our own pride.
so if we know how to avoid temptation for the most part, how can we remove ourselves from the temptation once we are in the midst of it? paul proceeds to say “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” (1 Cor 10:13a NIV) but we still let this temptation seem sometimes to go beyond what we can bear, even though we know full well that it is not above what others have faced. and we know that God has not put the temptation at a level that we cannot get away from, or as paul says we can bear. yet we make the grave mistake to succumb to temptation. why do we not call on God for help? and more importantly why do we feel that if we can rationalize what we are doing it is ok? we should know that God will take care of us, but we are too weak and, sometimes, going back to pride, to proud to admit that we need help.
but if we are able to be humbled, the second part of verse 13 is where we can thank God for all that He has done for us. “But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” how beautiful the words truly are that our God will give us a way to “stand up under” this temptation. paul is clear to say that the temptation will not be taken away, but rather that God will provide a way for one to “stand up under it.”
but may we not make the same mistake that got us into temptation in the first place. let us not think that this being able to stand has anything to do with what we have done for this being able to stand is all in the realm of the heavenly.


Posted July 26, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 1 corinthians, Bible study