“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
We can be strong in the face of temptation because of Jesus’ strength within us. Scripture tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way, so that He can help us through our temptations. Sometimes however, we push Jesus out of our minds as if we want to be tempted. We think that we can stand strong in our own strength. Yet that could not be further from the truth.
Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to rely solely on the power of Christ in the believers life to withstand temptation. Furthermore, we are encouraged that Jesus will be with us in our temptations, not allowing us to be tempted by more than we can bear.
Even in temptation God is with us, supporting us and giving us a way out. Paul encourages us with the words that we can “endure” temptation and not fall into sin. However, endurance only comes from listening to Jesus and relying on His strength and not our own. It is in the times when we think we are strong that we are most likely to fall. Let us daily come before our Lord Jesus, acknowledging our need for His strength in our lives and let us walk in the victory that is in Him!
“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…”