Taming Temptation: Nothing New Under the “Son!”
Nothing New – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:8-9
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
Our first assurance as we tame temptation is that there will not be anything new thrown at us that others have not faced. Our key verse promises us that no temptation will come upon us “except that which is common to man.” As a follower of God and His Son, we have the assurance that our personal temptation will never be unusual. There is nothing new under the Son. That is a promise to all of us who follow Him!
The reason this is important to keep in mind is the devil has many schemes to defeat us. One of these schemes is to make us think and feel that our temptation is so extreme and unusual that “of course, we can never defeat it.” If we think we are defeated before we even try, we probably will fall to the temptation. We must learn to fight the devil’s lies with God’s eternal truth! Will power will too often fail if we don’t use the Word of God as our main defense!
Call the devil what he is: a father of lies (John 8:44).
When temptation comes upon you, demand the truth. Say the truth out loud if at all possible. It could be said like this: “Devil, this is a common temptation, nothing unusual at all; I can defeat it.” The thought all of us must picture in our minds is: others have faced this same temptation and have defeated it. So can I! When we visualize others who have had victory, it will encourage us that we can enjoy that same sense of freedom in Christ Jesus!
“Father, I can live free from sin today! The devil will try to lie to me, but I will believe your Word and live in victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”