God is Faithful – Promises From God’s Word 6.7.2011

1 Corinthians 10:13 “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.”

Most people use this verse incorrectly and in a way that may lead people to believe that God is not faithful. This verse is most often used to tell people that God is faithful and will provide a way of escape out of temptation. But the problem is that is not was is promised and that is not what God’s faithfulness is tied to. So most people take that advice and the next time temptation comes they pray for a way to escape out of temptation and when God doesn’t deliver they may begin to doubt God and His word. To be clear, the promise here is that God is faithful to provide a way of escape through temptation. God does not promise to take you out of the situation but instead He promises to provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it. You don’t endure things that you get out of, you endure things that you go through. Look at how Jesus prayed for Peter in Luke 22:32

Luke 22:32 “but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Jesus here tells Peter that He has prayed for him and  that after Peter has gone through the temptation he would strengthen his brothers. Jesus also prays for us Hebrews 7:25. If you, like everyone else, are struggling with temptation run to Christ and trust Him to provide a way of escape as you go through the temptation, and when He does praise Him for it!

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