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July 24, 2014

Overcoming Temptation

“When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13b

Temptation – we all deal with it, sometimes better than others if you’re like me. Temptations can leave you feeling battered and overwhelmed at times, even trapped. The good news is that you are not alone in the temptations you struggle with. Even Jesus faced temptations. Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus “understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned.” Because God clothed Himself with our humanity, He subjected Himself to the same trials and temptations that we face. He understands. He cares. And, He is able to deliver us through the temptations we face! Hebrews 2:18 says, “For since He Himself has now been through suffering and temptation, He knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and He is wonderfully able to help us.” How does He help us overcome temptation? Our passage today gives us some practical insight:

* “The temptations you face in your life are no different from what others experience.” (You’re not alone, so don’t feel like you’ve been singled out. Others have resisted the same temptations, and so can you.)

* “God is faithful; He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” (Even when tempting you, Satan must have permission as to how much he may tempt you. See Job 1 and 2.)

* “When you are tempted, (God) will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (Look for the way out. Run for it!)