Temptations. We all hate to be tempted. What we do when we are tempted demonstrates our spiritual condition. Obedient to God or obedient to Satan. We choose.
We will explore 1 Corinthians 10:13, David’s sin with Bathsheba, David confronted with his sin, and Psalm 51, David’s repentance, plea for mercy, request for cleansing, and willingness to teach others about God’s righteousness.
1 Corinthians 10:13
“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.”
God knows that we will be tempted. He knows exactly what we are able to bear. He makes a way to escape.
God has also given us a free will. We may choose any course of action we please.
So, the question becomes, will we choose God’s way of escape or not? God makes it available, but we do not have to take it. Of course, if we do not take it, we follow the temptation and walk away from God. This is called sin. God punishes sin.
If we choose to escape from the temptation, then we are obedient to God, and will be blessed.
When we are tempted, do we desire the blessing or the curse?
Choose to obey God!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001