August 29th, 2018
No, the Devil Didn’t Make You Do It!
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJB) 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.
This verse, taken in its original context is speaking about the grievous sins of the nation of Israel.
However, its message can be applied in our lives today.
It is easy for a person to try and excuse his or her propensity to sin by simply stating they are simply unable to withstand a temptation like shooting up heroin, smoking cigarettes, overeating, theft, lying, cheating on their spouse, and the like. What they are really saying is that the sin(s) in question in their life are more powerful than the supernatural nature of God at work to defeat them. Or they truly do not personally know God and do not have His supernatural nature and power at work in their life.
God’s powerful message for each of us in this verse is that He faced EVERY kind of temptation possible. This includes any and every sin we face on this earth today and He remained without sin. Why? Because of His supernatural nature, He was able to suffer in the midst of severe trials and afflictions, but without choosing to sin.
The good news is we too can face any temptation at work on this earth without sin because Jesus Christ made it possible for us to separate from sin and align with His supernatural power and presence. Doing so is both a position in Christ and a daily practice in our walk with God.
It is His power and presence that can and will defeat sin.
The spiritual bottom line: A man sins because he chooses to sin.
Because Jesus Christ has eternal victory over all sin, we can share in this victory too. We cannot be tempted to sin and choose to place blame anywhere but upon our own heart condition. It is possible to allow God to govern our heart and mind and gain certain victory over any temptation by standing inside His supernatural presence and power.