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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 4 (Onward Christian Soldiers #127)

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Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 4”

As we continue in this lesson series on handling temptation, I would like to take this time to unwrap the meaning of our key Bible passage for this series. Temptation in the Christian life is a a very important topic, and the verse we have read over the past three weeks is likely the best summary of how we are to view temptation as believers.

The text says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…” Often, when faced with temptation, we automatically feel bad and ashamed because we say to ourselves, ‘Something must be wrong with me. This doesn’t happen to other Christians.’ But the Bible tells us that temptation is common to man. Every person, saved or lost, is tempted to sin. Your ability to be tempted did not go away when you accepted Christ as your Savior. So, don’t panic the next time you are tempted. Remember that every person alive on planet earth has to go through this.

Then, we read, “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.” This verse tells us that we will never be faced with a temptation that is impossible for us to say no to. If we don’t say no to temptation, it is only because we choose to give in to it. We have the ability to say no to every evil suggestion the devil sends our way. This is not a guarantee rooted in human nature, but in God’s nature. He is the one who is faithful to ensure that no temptation reaches us that is more than we can handle.

Third, we read, “But will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Notice that God is the one who provides a way of escape for us out of our temptations. We like to think that we are able to make things happen ourselves, that we can find our own way out of temptation. Most of us are not eager to lean on God or anybody else. But, when it comes to temptation, we must lean on God because He alone will ensure that there is an exit door for you to walk out of a tempting situation.

The only way we can be victorious over our temptations is if we depend on God for the way of deliverance. In order to do that, we must be humble before Him. We must be willing to no longer do things our way, but His way. We must take the way of escape that He has provided us. It is the only way we will be consistently triumphant over sin.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!