Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 122; 1 Corinthians 9-11
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Temptation is everywhere in this world. As followers of Christ, we are constantly tempted to diverge from the path that is good and right – the path to God. It is important to note a few things about temptation. First and foremost, temptation alone is not sin. Everyone is tempted to sin, but it is how we react to that temptation that determines whether or not we are sinning against God. Jesus himself was tempted by the evil one in the desert. When Jesus was tempted, he used the Word of God to resist that temptation which is a perfect example of what we must also do. When temptations arise, if we have God’s Word in our hearts and in our minds, we can overcome that temptation through Christ who lives in us.
Another important point about temptation is its origin. In James 1:13 we read, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone”. Temptation does not come directly from God – it comes from the enemy. Keep in mind, though, that God is the supreme authority in the entire universe. He is in control of everything and everyone – including demons and Satan himself. We see examples time and time again when demons are subjected to Christ’s authority in the Gospels, and we see in the story of Job that Satan himself must be given permission by God to bring temptation to Job. Paul says in our key passage today that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. This statement, like everything else in the Bible, is absolutely true – and there is a great amount of power in that.
If we truly believe God’s Word, and if we truly believe that everything He says is perfect and good, then we have all the tools we need to resist temptation. We know that God loves us and that while he does not tempt us, he does allow us to be tempted. We know that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. We know that the Holy Spirit living inside us gives us the power to resist any and all temptations. Resisting temptation, then, comes down to a simple choice we must make – do we love God more than the thing that is tempting us? If the answer is yes, then we can use God’s Word and power through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to resist temptation and keep from intentionally sinning.
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