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Thursday, January 19, 2017

AVOIDING TEMPTATION

1 Corinthians 10:13 New Living Translation
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
         The Corinthian church was made up of mostly Gentiles (or non-Jews). Corinth was a major city and trade center, which offered idolatry and immorality to any who would care to partake.  Paul established this church on his 2nd missionary trip to that region.  Without his presence, divisiveness and disorder crawled into the midst of their congregation. The Corinthians had sent a letter to the Apostle with a list of questions.  Paul’s letter was meant to deal quite directly with their queries.
         There are choices that we make each day of our lives. The choices we make stem from the condition of our heart. Are we living to please our Heavenly Father or satisfy our own desires?  If you have been redeemed, then you are a new creation in Christ and are called to live according to the Father’s standards as laid out in scripture.
         It is extremely important, even critical that we live out what we believe.  To not do so is short changing ourselves and disrespecting God’s grace. We must run from situations and people that represent temptation to us. God’s Word is a road map for life.  Any question you have has an answer in scripture.  Any problem you face has a solution in scripture.  Reading the Bible isn’t a chore that we have to do, but rather a privilege we get to do.  We’d think nothing of reading a novel, but digging into God’s life changing word seems like drudgery.  The Holy Spirit can ignite in us a hunger to feed our spirit man. Ask him to begin that process today. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

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