Though God has a great plan for us (Amazing Grace Part 1-4) and all the riches of heaven are available to us through Christ (Looking to Jesus Part 1-4) sometimes we stumble. Sin creeps in subtly, temptation overwhelms us, guilt weighs us down. Fortunately, God has made provision for just such occasions and understanding that provision is vital – to our survival (FAST -Survival Kit, Tackling Temptation p2)
- What is one problem the Bible describes as common to all?
“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.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We are all tempted. We are drawn away by our own lusts and desires (James 1:14) but God has promised that He is faithful and will not allow us to be tempted beyond the ability to resist but will make a way of escape that we may bear it.
I have experience the truth of this verse in my life. I have been strongly tempted to do something or say something I shouldn’t (and that would likely cause more problems) and when instead of giving in to my desire, I give that to God and claim this verse and taken a step of faith, He had removed that desire from me. For example, I have been hurt and angry at someone. Everything inside me feels anger and resentment, not peace and love. When I have turned my heart to God and claimed this verse and instead of focusing on my hurt and pain, I have taken a step of faith and focused on God’s love for me and the fact that He is Father who loves me despite my short fallings and I am His child, the feelings that before overwhelmed me melt away and instead my heart is filled with peace and I can respond to that person as though nothing happened.
I am not perfect, I still give in to my desires, but if we took God at His word more, we would have many more victories where now we are failing.
“Christ is an overflowing fountain, an ever outspreading shade. In His shadow we may find rest and peace and pleasure. When temptations assail you, as they surely will, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to enshroud the soul, look, O look to where with eyes of faith you last saw the light, and you will rest in Christ’s love and under His protecting shield.” (Help for the Tempted -From a letter written to Elder S. N. Haskell, published in Bible Training School, May 1915)
“I find that I have to fight the good fight of faith every day. I have to exercise all my faith, and not rely upon feeling; I have to act as though I knew the Lord heard me, and would answer me and bless me. Faith is not a happy flight of feeling; it is simply taking God at His word—believing that He will fulfill His promises because He said He would.
Hope in God, trust in Him, and rest in His promises, whether you feel happy or not. A good emotion is no evidence that you are a child of God, neither are disturbed, troubled, perplexing feelings an evidence that you are not a child of God. Come to the Scriptures and intelligently take God at His word. Comply with the conditions and believe He will accept you as His child. Be not faithless, but believing.” (Our High Calling p119)