Thursday, January 24, 2008

Overcoming Temptation

1 Cor 10:13 "No 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."

What this passage is saying is that temptation from the devil should not be of a suprise when it comes to you because you should be expecting it as being commonly familar and recognisable to you. You can't be tempted with new enticement except from what you expect will come from the enemy. So the devil has no real power over you because he can only tempt you with the same old common enticements, which is bearable and easily overcome. Imagine the enemy hitting you with the same weapon over many times repeatedly and never changing the attack strategy.

The more the temptation becomes familar to you, the more you study about it (e.g. know how often and when it comes, in what form, etc..), then the more you can bear and withstand against it and able to overcome any kinds of temptations. So having expectations and studying temptations and enticement that the enemy keeps throwing to you until you become fully familar with all its scheme, is the key to victory because by then God will have provide a way out of it.

A saying "Knowledage is power" and knowing the facts of your weakness and acknowledging it to God helps Him to provide you with a solution to overcome all things.

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