Ministry of Temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13-14
There is something that all of us have in common. No matter who you are, your position, your education, your spirituality 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.
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've 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.
Listen as I read verses 13 and 14 of 1 Corinthians, chapter 10:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow 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. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
There hath no temptation taken you: the word taken means to see and hang on. Doesn't that graphically describe some of the temptations that you and I have to endure? It not only seizes us suddenly but it just seems to hang on doggedly and stubbornly. Some of us struggle with the same temptations day after day, month after month, and year after year. We wonder why these things come upon us. Why is it that God allows some of these experiences? Is it because we are still sinful? Is it because we are still not right with God? Many times I have talked with Christians when facing severe temptation, and their first reaction was: well, I must not be right with God. Maybe he really isn't Lord in my life. Maybe I'm not even saved.
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