1 Cor 10:12-13 (NLT) If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 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.
Femi: Pastor, you don’t understand. My father had the same problem. All my brothers have the same problem. This kind of temptation is impossible for me to overcome.
Pastor John: this thinking has made it impossible for you to conquer your temptations. You feel because you tried and failed a couple of times, it is impossible to overcome. God doesn’t feel that way. His word says you can overcome and so it is. You are now a new creation in Christ. You are not bound by the limitation of your family anymore.
Many Christians have been deceived into thinking that their temptations were tailored for them such that it is impossible to overcome. They keep falling into the same sins because they have not truly believed that they now have the power to overcome the temptations. Many others have fallen because of overconfidence that makes them careless with sin.
Today’s Bible text shows us that God will not allow us to face temptations that we cannot handle. He will always provide a way out. The big problem is that many do not begin to fight and overcome temptations at the right time. The time to overcome temptation is when it is at the seed stage, not when it has been allowed to cultivate, take root and produce branches and fruits in your heart. For example, the best way to overcome the temptation of immorality is to deal with it when it is still in the seed form of lust.
Go into today knowing that you have the power from God to walk in the divine nature and overcome every temptation. What you believe is very important, it is time to start believing that you have God’s power.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the escape from every temptation you will face in the future.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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