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WORD FOR TODAY: Overcoming temptation (1)

Is there a particular temptation that meets and beats you at every turn? God has made a way for you to turn temptation into triumph.

Satan is called ‘the tempter’ and he knows which temptations you succumb to most easily. But Paul writes:

‘You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted’ (1 Corinthians 10:13 CEV).

Jesus himself was ‘in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin’ (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV). And here’s the reason:

‘In that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted’ (Hebrews 2:18 NKJV).

Many Christians think that when they get saved they no longer have to face temptation. No, you may face more temptation!

The same wind that blew at your back before you knew Jesus will blow in your face on your way to Heaven. Temptation never takes a holiday.

It could hit you when you feel strongest, knock you down and kick you when you feel weakest. That’s why the Bible says,

‘If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall’ (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT).

What’s the answer?

‘But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able’ (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV).

Note two things: first, you will be tempted. Second, you will never face a temptation greater than you can bear because God is faithful.

He answers prayer. Particularly the prayer Jesus told us to pray:

‘Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’ (Matthew 6:13 NKJV).

That’s our Word for today!

Written by Victor Ekong

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