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Friday, September 11, 2009

with the temptations

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. I Corinthians 10:13

A very powerful word lies within that scripture. It is the little word with. The way to escape comes with the temptation it's not something we have to wait on Him to receive.

Somewhere in my surfing and studying, I picked up this tiny comment that has been growing and growing in my heart and mind. So many times we want the Lord to keep us safe from all temptation and hardship. We don’t want the hard times and the times of tears and heartache. We want to have all the blessings but we don’t want the trials that bring the blessings with the ensuing victories.

Peter explains the process to us. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

There is a purpose behind the trials we must go through. There is a reason for the temptations we must face and struggle to overcome. Behind those times is the Lord’s ultimate goal of teaching us that God does have control of our lives and He will provide the power and the means for us to over come, not just a few of them, but all of them.

And look at the glorious outcome! He is making us perfect! He is establishing us in His Truth! He is strengthening us spiritually! He is settling us in the Way we should go!

Is that fabulous or what!

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