Reading: I Corinthians 10:1-13
Verse: Verse 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.”
Key Words: hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man
As you study the Word
of God you find any number of ways that God’s people have escaped
temptation. Joseph fled from Potiphar’s
wife. The Lord, in Matthew 4, quoted
God’s Word. Others escaped by standing
for God (Acts 16).
There is no temptation
that we face that others have not faced – and they have risen victorious; but
we must not give in to temptation.
Some ducks once found
a good feeding place in the reeds that grew on the edge of a quiet stream in South Africa. A group of boys soon laid a plan to catch
them. They began by placing pumpkins in the
water and letting the river carry them down to where the ducks were
swimming. At first the birds were
nervous and flew away, but soon they decided there was no harm in permitting
the pumpkins to float among them...then came the second part of the plan. Each boy scooped out the inside of one of the
pumpkins and made two small holes to see through. Then placing the hollow globes over their
heads, they quietly slipped into the river.
Allowing only the orange decoys to show above the waterline, they moved
slowly toward their victims. Suddenly
they grasped the ducks’ legs under the water and captured their unsuspecting
In much the same way
the Devil sends his deceptive “pumpkins” of temptations down the river of
life. At first we think we can live with
them and experience no harm; then, often when it’s too late, we find ourselves
in the clutches of some fatal sin or habit.
It is better to flee temptation before you fall
What to do:
opportunity may come only once but temptation knocks on the door for years.
Are you Saved?
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