December 17th 2014
Are you living in His supernatural power?
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. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
The tenth chapter of 1st Corinthians begins with Paul taking a turn to look back towards the past. He was looking at the sins of the Israelites. They had chosen to adopt many sins including idolatry of other pagan gods leading them towards further compromise and downfall.
Paul is reminding these early churches that Jesus once lived in His flesh upon this earth. He was confronted with all the same temptations while living in the flesh as we face in the flesh today. Jesus was tempted by satan in the wilderness day and night. Satan always arrives in our face when we are in our weakest moments. Satan tempted Jesus when He was without food and sleep for forty consecutive days. Talk about a time when human flesh would be at its weakest forty days without consuming food could have been a a fragile physical time; but Jesus hastily rebuffed all satan’s attempts to beguile Him by rebuking him through God’s spiritually powerful Word. Each time Jesus was tempted at satan’s suggestion to sin Jesus came back quoting scripture to him starting with “it is written…”
Jesus lived in the flesh, like you and I, He was tempted by the same fleshly desires as we are today. Jesus felt hunger, exhaustion, sadness, and depletion. He needed rest, food, sleep, and shed tears at the death of His friend Lazarus. Jesus had natural human requirements in His flesh which were fulfilled through necessary provisions. He never succumbed, no matter how fleshly frail, to any sin of omission or commission as He is full of holiness, light and glory from God His Father and perfect without spot of sin.
In our flesh when we commit sin we often choose to sin; however we also harbor hidden sins which we do not spiritually comprehend and God pricks us in our consciousness concerning them. We have access to the supernatural power of God in taming our natural inclination to sin but will never be perfect and sinless side of heaven.