Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s memory verse is 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” (NIV).
Let’s look at 7 principles about TEMPTATION that are given in this one verse…
1. TEMPTATION IS “COMMON TO MAN”
Everybody experiences some kind of temptation. Even Jesus Himself was tempted in all points (Heb. 4:15). The Lord was not exempted.
2. TEMPTATION IS UNIQUE TO “YOU”
We are all tempted, but we are all tempted differently. And what might be a temptation for you might not be for me… and vice-versa. We have different weaknesses and different degrees of weakness. I may be weak in money matters, so God allows me to be tested in this area with the purpose of strengthening me in this area. Your weakness may be in sexual matters, so God allows you to be tested in that area with the purpose of making you stronger in resisting sexual temptations.
3. TEMPTATION PROVES THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
Paul says the grace of God increases proportionate to the degree of sin (Romans 5:20). What he means is that the greater the sin the more grace is required. But, it is no excuse to sin as Paul is very careful to point out (Romans 6:1).
4. GOD WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED “BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR”
God knows your strength. He knows what you can bear. If you are a “babe in Christ,” like a 1st-grade teacher, He will only give you a 1st-grade test. Would you give your 3-year old boy a 50-pound bag of rice to carry? Of course not. So where did you get the idea God will allow a problem that is beyond your ability to carry? Are you a better at fathering that God?
5. TEMPTATION IS CERTAIN
Our text does not say “if” you are tempted, but “when” you are tempted. In other words, it’s just a matter of when. Problems are sure to come. The question is, are you ready? Do you know how to handle temptation? Do you know what the Word of God teaches about temptation? When are you going to prepare yourself?
6. “GOD WILL PROVIDE A WAY OUT”
Maybe it’s a mistake for us to pray, “God, I pray You will take this problem away” or “Lord, please spare me from trouble.” It is true Jesus teaches us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13).
But, I don’t think our verse is telling us to ask God to make a way around our problems. If you read the text right, you will see you are already in the problem. “The way out” then, is God’s overpowering triumph and deliverance from the problem.
Don Moen wrote a song that teaches this idea…
God will make a way, where there seems to be no way;
He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide; hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day.
He will make a way. He will make a way.
7. GOD WILL HELP YOU TO STAND UP UNDER TEMPTATION
The moment you decide to trust God, He will infuse His strength through the Holy Spirit so you can say with Paul, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). He will help you go through the problem with peace in your heart and a song in your lips. You will be like the three Jewish young men who were thrown into the furnace of fire by the decree of Nebuchadnezzar. But you have to have the attitude of those young men who boldly proclaimed to the king, “If you throw us into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from the furnace. He will save us from your power, O king. But even if God does not save us, we want you, O king, to know this: We will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up” (Daniel 3:17,18).