Dealing with Temptation

Published on Oct 25th, 2010 by City North Baptist Church

Following on from Pastor Murray’s sermon Sunday morning, I found this helpful video on “The Gospel Coalition” website!  Joshua Harris talks about dealing with temptation right in the moment of temptation.

The verse he referred to in 1 Corinthians is simply a wonderful truth that we need to cling to in times of temptation. It tells us that God is not ignorant or naive about the sinful world we live in but in His grace not only saves us from our sin, forgiving us through the death and resurrection of His Son, but He provides everything that we need to escape the consequences and temptation of that same sin.  Your Lord and Saviour is currently at the right hand of the Father in Heaven and He is interceeding on your behalf… He has not left you to battle temptation alone.  The counsel of the Holy Spirit working with His sword, the word of God, is the single greatest fortress in times of temptation.  He takes verses like the ones below and applies them to our lives so we experience the reality of God’s promises and see Him as more beautiful than anything sin can tempt us with!

1 Corinthians 10:12-13
12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.