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September 24, 2023 · Bob Gass

Overcoming temptation 

“Temptation…is common to man.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV 

The Bible says, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (v. 13 NKJV). Our minds are like a hotel. The manager cannot keep someone from entering the lobby, but he can keep them from getting a room. And it’s the same with temptation. When God redeemed you, you became a regenerate spirit living in an unregenerate body. And you were “sealed [by the Holy Spirit] unto the day of redemption” (see Ephesians 4:30). When you seal an envelope, its contents are protected until it’s delivered to its destination. Getting the idea? Satan can’t prevail against your regenerate spirit, so he attacks you through your lower nature. Paul acknowledged this: “I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” (Romans 7:19 NLT). You will never be immune to temptation, but you can overcome it. Notice three things in this scripture: (1) “God is faithful.” Like a shepherd who never abandons his sheep, when you go astray, He will bring you back to the fold. (2) “Will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” Like a good coach training you, God will permit the weight of your temptations to strengthen you but not break or destroy you. (3) “With the temptation will also make the way of escape.” If you choose your own way, you will go down in defeat. God’s “way of escape” is through prayer, His Word, Christian fellowship, and Spirit-filled living. That’s how to overcome temptation.

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