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Neglected Biblical Truths

God prevents the devil from giving you a temptation that is more than you can overcome

Neglected Biblical Truths
Temptation is Real – Part I

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13
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 and endure it.

Today’s Key Verse is both a forgotten and a neglected truth. Most Christ-followers have heard the verse but forget it when we most need it.

When the devil attacks us with a temptation, he does his best to also keep us from remembering that God is faithful and that we can have victory over temptation.

There are a couple of reasons that the devil gets away with this lie. First, the very nature of temptation is that we, in our flesh, want it. If we truly did not want it, then it would not be a temptation to us. So, this desire can cause us not to look for ways to have victory. Second, if we have not memorized this scripture, then we can convince ourselves that the temptation is simply too strong for us.

Have you ever had thoughts like, “Nobody could resist this temptation”? Have you ever had an inner debate about whether it is truly wrong or not? Maybe you know other Christians who do this and think nothing of it.

It is easy to justify why it is okay so we can cave to temptation. The devil has countless lies surrounding temptations that he uses against us. This is why we desperately need to memorize our Key Verse and throw it at the evil one during our temptations.

Some people believe that every Christ-follower sins every day. This belief means that Jesus saves us from sin, but He does not change us; therefore, we have to sin and have no choice. But this is what the Bible says:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:6)

How is it possible to not sin? Because God prevents the devil from giving us a temptation that is more than we can overcome (as today’s Key Verse tells us). When the devil tempts a Christ-follower, they can have the assurance that God has measured their strength and controls the power of the temptation accordingly.

Of course, the Bible does not say that we cannot sin. We keep our free will and can choose to indulge in the sin the devil is presenting to us. When this happens, we must admit to ourselves and God that we could have had victory over that sin.

Father, thank You for the power You have given me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.