by Joe Alain

You Can Endure: Assurance of Victory
Joe Alain
1 Corinthians 10:13

''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. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.'' 1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV

Tempt - ''to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain'' (Webster's)

Temptation is one of the realities that we have to deal with as Christians. Being a Christian does not mean that we will not face temptations. In fact, we may face even greater temptations. The problem of temptation is real and the struggle sometime is overwhelming. Temptation often plays out like the following scenario: We are tempted, enticed, then we fall and give in to the temptation, then we feel the guilt that comes after the fall. We start listening to the enemy who says, ''I thought you were a Christian. Christians don't do that.'' Because we listen to the enemy of our soul, we sometimes find ourselves caught up in a cycle of defeat. We wonder will it ever end. ''Can I endure?'' The truth of our Scripture this week is that You Can Endure! There is a way of escape. There is assurance of victory!

Our assurance of victory lies in three things
''No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.'' There are no new temptations and all of us experience temptation. As Solomon stated, ''there is nothing new under the sun'' (Ecc. 1:9). Whatever temptation you have faced, are facing, and will face, others have faced and endured. One of the challenges of facing temptation is that you often feel as if you are the only one struggling with your particular temptation. You look around and begin to think, ''Why am I the only one struggling with this? What's wrong with me?'' The reality is that there's nothing wrong with you. You are facing what is common to us all. We will see why we face temptation in just a moment, but y ...

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