31 Mar KDW-Part 3 of 3: Those who stand should take heed
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) April 1, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:12
Series Title: Standing strong against temptation
Part 3 of 3: Those who stand should take heed
There was the story of a little boy at a shop, who was standing by a shelf stacked with candy. He looked around furtively, like he was going to stuff some candy in his pocket. A clerk watched him for a long time, and finally as he was about to step out of the shop, approached the boy, saying: “Looks like you’re trying to take some candy.” The boy replied, “You’re wrong, mister. I’m trying not to.” The boy was tempted but was able to bear it.
The question is, if this little boy steps into that shop the following day, what’s the guarantee that he would not succumb to temptation and help himself to some candy? If we remain with God and are steeped in his word, God has made available some spiritual tools that will help us attain perpetual victory over temptation.
One of such tools is Paul’s admonition that anyone who thinks he stands should take heed lest he fall (1 Cor 10:12). Here, the Apostle emeritus warned the Corinthian Christians to be focused and be aware that they are vulnerable. The one who thinks he stands will not stay on guard against temptation and may easily fall.
Temptation works like rocks in a harbor; when the tide is low, everybody sees the danger and avoids it. But Satan’s strategy in temptation is to raise the tide, and to cover over the dangers of temptation. Then he likes to crash you upon the covered rocks.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man (1 Cor 10:13). We often want to excuse our tempting circumstances as “very unique” and an “exception,” but God reminds us that our temptation is not unique. Many other people have faced similar temptations and have found the strength in God to overcome them. Afterall, we are overcomers (Jn 16:33).
So, you can be victorious – in the strength of Jesus, not in your own strength (1 Jn 4:4). We fight temptation with Jesus’ power, like the girl who explained what she did when Satan came with temptation at the door of her heart: “I send Jesus to answer the door. When Satan sees Jesus, he says, ‘OOPS, sorry, I must have the wrong house.’”
God is faithful, he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. In other words, God has promised to supervise all temptation that comes at us through the world, the flesh or the devil. He promises to limit it according to our capability to endure it – according to our capability as we rely on him, not our capability as we rely on ourselves.
With the temptation God will also make the way of escape that leads us to the place where we may be able to bear it, just like the little boy at the candy store.
Pray this week: God, always help me to remember that because you have already made a way of escape, I have nothing to fear, I will be totally victorious when temptation comes my way, just like my redeemer Jesus was victorious.