BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Fighting temptation is like fighting the flu. A lot of it depends on your stamina. However, the influenza (flu) affects people differently. When your body’s immune system is low, the flu can have more of a negative impact on your body—and sometimes even result in death. There isn’t a prescription or immunity shot that can completely prevent you from getting the flu, but there are methods that you can follow and preventative measures you can take to make sure that if you come into contact with the flu, it has a minimal effect on your body. These measures make the illness more manageable and often ensure that it leaves your body as quickly as possible.
There are seven people in my household, and all but my son and I received the flu shot and didn’t get the flu.
There were times when I felt as if I were getting sick, but it seemed that my body was able to successfully shake whatever was trying to ail me within a 24-hour time frame. Allow me to add that my son and I were the only two who decided to stay with a more natural resource known as elderberry, rather than getting a flu shot as the rest of the household did. You can come to your own conclusion, but it is ironic that using a natural resource from God—rather than using a methodology from man of administering into your body a known strand of influenza to fight the disease—had a better result. It doesn’t surprise me at all. Our bodies have the ability to repair, restore and revitalize when they are given the right amount of fuel. Digesting the very things that God has created for our bodies will always be more effective than foreign substances made in laboratories that always seem to have adverse side effects.
Our spiritual system is very much like our natural physical system. In order to successfully combat spiritual influenza (the devil’s influence), we must be willing to make sure that our spiritual immune system is able to withstand the temptation that the devil will place in your way for your demise. Many people fall for temptations that have affected them in one way or another. Some temptations that were not successfully handled ended with deadly results. In all matters, the enemy will always try and tempt you with something to which he expects you to give in, so you become more removed from the will of God and His promises for your life.
Today’s scripture assures us that there is nothing new under the sun. The scripture says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” In other words, there have been people before you who have been tempted with the same temptation with which you are being tempted and overcome it. God is giving you hope that you’re not alone. He would rather you have the ability to fight temptation with the natural resources that he has placed inside of you and not from another human. God knows what we are made of and the level of immunity with which we are working. He says, “I will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.”
When we know that God is faithful, it is equally important that we be faithful to the plan and instruction that He has set for our lives. Our faith will allow us to better deal with temptation and see the escape plan from every temptation that the devil has placed before us. Paul writes to the church of Corinth in this passage, assuring them that God will always provide a means of escape for every devilish plot, evil plan and sinister scheme that the enemy has planned. Your obedience, sacrifice and faith will give you strength, revelation and the ability to escape temptation and walk in the favor of our Lord and savior. God bless.
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