All Live On Temptation Island
I Cor. 10:13
INTRODUCTION: In the 17th century, John Owens wrote a devotional entitled, "Temptation" which was based on John 17:15.
Note Jesus' prayer to His Father on our behalf:
"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one."
"As we have no strength to resist a temptation when it doth come, when we are entered into it, but shall fall under it, without a supply of sufficiency of grace from God; so to reckon that we have no power or wisdom to keep ourselves from entering into temptation, but must be kept by the power and wisdom of God, is a preserving principle, 1 Peter 1:5. We are in all things ‘kept by the power of God.' This our Saviour instructs us in, not only by directing us to pray that we be not led into temptation, but also by his own praying for us that we may be kept from it: ‘I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shoudest keep them from the evil,' - that is, the temptations of the world unto evil, unto sin, - which is all this is evil in the world; or from the evil one, who in the world makes use of the world unto temptation. Christ prays his Father to keep us, and instructs us to pray that we be so kept. It is not, then, a thing in our own power. The ways of our entering into temptation are so many, various, and imperceptible, the means of it so efficacious and powerful, - our weakness, our unwatchfulness, so unspeakable- that we cannot in the least keep or preserve ourselves from it. We fail both in wisdom and power for this work."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 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."
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