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Temptation Eyes - 1st Corinthians Chapter 10
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13NIV
Temptation: the urge to do what you are quite sure you should not. The term is most often associated with things like addiction, marital infidelity and the like.
It also implies struggle. Biblically, it might defined as an urge/desire to act in way which falls outside of God’s intent; outside of His design parameters for us.
Today’s verse says that God will not allow us to be tempted to a degree which assures failure. He says we are equipped with sufficient strength , via His intercession, to win every time. Why then, do I not win every time? My personal conclusion, I do not win all the time, because I simply do not want to do. I want to do it my way. I know my way is not the right way, from experience and what I read in scripture. But I get into my self-driven groove at times, and just do it my way despite what I know. And I am somewhat fascinated and amazed by my ability to oppose what I know is good.
As we often discuss, Romans Chapter 7 describes this trait perfectly.
But it is not all bad, as I am not doomed. I am effectively free. Free from what I am and what I see falling apart all around me on God’s planet earth. Free because of what God has done on my behalf.