Common Temptation

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.

 Even when Christians face morally confusing situations, they should never think that they have no options other than sinful ones. There will always be a morally right solution that doesn't require disobedience to any of God's moral laws.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

You are not the only one going through temptation. We tend to think that our situations are unique. We are going through something that no one else has ever experienced. We like to think that we are worse off than everyone else. We think that no one understands what we are going through. "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man." You aren't going through anything that someone hasn't already gone through before. Better yet, you aren't going through anything that God isn't going to deliver you out of. He will not put  more on you than you can handle. You may be going through a trial and through a test but God  is still in control. He is still faithful. He will not let you fall, He will deliver you out of the thing because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world! He always provides the way out. You may think that you have hit rock bottom. You may think that you can't take anymore. Hold on, God is ready to move! He's ready to make a way where there is no way! You may be going through a test. Any good teacher gives the information that will be on a test. We have a mighty teacher! We have a great teacher! If you are going through a test, hold your head up, Jesus has already given you all the information that you need to pass it!

Do you have a thorn in your side? I think at some point we all have a thorn that we would like to see gone. What is a thorn to us may be a tool for God. He may have put that thing there to help keep you sustained. God doesn't want to see us stumble. His ways are not our ways. He may have put that thorn in your life to keep you on the right path. He is growing your faith and growing your strength. You may have gotten too mighty for God. You may have gotten just a little too high on your pedal stool. Now God has put something in your life to bring you back to reality. His grace is sufficient for you in all things! He has made you perfect in your weakness. He has kept you from falling into sin. Sometimes we get so high and mighty on what we are doing for the Lord, we forget who enables us to do these things. God has to put us back in our place, He has to bring forth our weaknesses because in weakness, His power is made perfect! God has a plan for us and Jesus will lead us in that plan. We have to humble ourselves before God almighty. If you are facing persecution, then don't be surprised. Jesus had to face persecution, He had to face hardship, He was insulted and mocked because of who He was and still is today. Jesus is still the author of life. He will still guide you in your flaws and make you strong in your weaknesses.

We serve an awesome God. His ways are much different than our ways. We may think that we are on the brink of hell, God has us on the verge of a miracle. He will see us through. Nothing is too big or too small for God. Take heart precious people. You are not going through anything that no one else has been through. Your problems have not been ignored. Maintain your joy. Hold on to promises of God. He is about to move in your life; God is waiting to make a way where there is no way. Be of good cheer, fear not, for God is with you!

Father I thank you for the trials that you allow us to go through so that we may be strengthened and our faith restored. Help others to see that they are not experiencing anything that you will not and have not already delivered them from. Help your people maintain their joy even in the struggles of life. Help your people to see that you have not left them and that you are about to bless them in their hardships. Father I pray that you will comfort them in their time of need. They do not understand nor do they realize how close they are to a miracle. God help us to keep the faith and fight the good fight. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


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