Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14
The verses above give us reality and a comfort. One reality is that we will be tempted by the evil one often. Do not think that you can beat the system. Do not think that you are stronger than temptation. Do not think you can hide in the corner and Satan will miss you. The evil one will tempt you.
Another reality. You aren’t the only one. Often time those who are struggling in a particular sin or a consequence of life thinks they are the only one battling that particular thing. So you feel embarrassed. You close yourself to others out of embarrassment, pride, or fear of judgement. No, the verse above says that there is no temptation that is not common to man, not even the one that you are struggling. To feel isolated or unique in your temptation is a symptom of Satan because he wants you to struggle by yourself. You are not alone. You aren’t the only one.
The COMFORT, God will not tempt you beyond your ability and he will always provide an escape. There is always a way out. You will not sink too far into the pit that you can’t get out, or you can’t be pulled out. That is so comforting. If God didn’t say that to us, then we might think there is a scenario where we are doomed and there is no hope. There is always hope. There is always an escape. What you are called to do is to endure it until you can escape or someone comes to rescue you.
We are so honored to have a new member of the family here at Zion. I am not talking about a person, but an organization. You know them by AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous. Our new church member will be meeting on Wednesday nights at 8 pm. We pray for all who are already a part of this group that they will see this organization as their comfort from God to escape an addiction and get closer to God. Their program has been around for many, many years and has helped many, many people. This is what Zion is all about in its mission. We are finding ways to help people who are thirsting for Christ. We lift up the AA group and all they are doing.
Remember, Satan wants to keep you isolated in your temptation and lifestyle. Satan wants you to hurt alone. Resist that temptation. If you are in need of assistance in recovering from your alcohol addiction, please attend a meeting. In a few weeks, I will adding all the contact information from the group that you can reach out to them for more information. Think of this as an opportunity to heal and get closer to God.
May God bless all of us as we face temptation everyday. May we always seek the comfort that God will not give us too much handle and will always provide an escape. May we endure Satan’s temptations through the power of God! In Christ name!
To HIM be the glory!
Pastor Nathan Grewe