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OVERCOMING THE PITFALLS OF LIFE

March 5, 2015

Thursday

 

1 Corinthians 10:13

 

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].
 

LESSON

 

Though idolatry was the main cause of Israel’s failure, as well as the focus of Paul’s warning to this church, four other evil characteristics of Israel also seem to have marked the Corinthians. These characteristics also resulted in the Israelites dying in the wilderness. The apostle did not want his readers to overreact and become paranoid, either, as they considered Israel’s record. Failure was not inevitable. The temptations the Corinthians faced were not unique, and the Lord would give them grace to handle any “temptation” they might face. God has promised to enable us to do His will in any and every situation, and He will stand true to His promise. He provides “a way of escape” with every temptation He allows to touch us.

History helps us to not repeat the same mistakes. We have learned dozens of lessons after watching others make mistakes. Why should day-to-day Christian living be any different? Paul teaches us about Christian living by using history and God’s promises. Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Discover the key components, the reasons for and the means for overcoming temptations.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:2

 

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