The Ministry of Temptation
I Corinthians 10:13-14
There is something that all of us in this building have in common, no matter who you are or what you are or what your position in life is, how educated you are or how uneducated you are, how spiritual you are, or how carnal you are...there is one experience that all of us have had in common this week. And that is the experience of temptation. The Bible makes it very clear in a number of passages that temptation is the appointed lot of all of us.
Failure to understand the meaning and the ministry of temptation can lead to a great deal of frustration and failure in the Christian life. I think it was about a year ago that we dealt with this passage in the chapter, but I have felt all week the necessity of us taking two verses in this tenth chapter this morning and dealing with them again...because as you and I come to know Jesus in a greater way and as the experience of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3 becomes ours when he said, "...that I may know Him...that I may come to know Him as I have never known Him before..." there is going to be at the same time greater knowledge of temptation. By that I mean experiential knowledge of temptation.
You are going to be facing more temptation and if you do not understand that there is a ministry of temptation, then as a Christian you're going to be subject to frustration and failure. So I want you to listen as I read 1 Corinthians 10:13-14...
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that you may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."
There has no temptation taken you...and the word "taken" means "to seize and hang on" and doesn't that graphically describe some of the temptations you and I have to endure? It not only seizes us suddenly, but it just ...
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