1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
This Scripture teaches us a powerful principle, If we belong to Him, God will not allow any difficulty to come into our lives that we are not capable of bearing.
So, anything that comes our way, anything that tempts us, any tragedy that befalls us—we are capable of overcoming it and achieving spiritual victory. That does not mean it will always be easy. Quite the contrary—the fact that we may need a “way of escape” indicates that God sometimes allows difficult trials to come into our lives. We may not believe that we can overcome it, we may doubt our own strength to prevail, and we may even fail in the temptation. That does not mean, though, that we are not capable of overcoming that particular temptation. Whether it is a temptation to sin or a temptation to doubt God, God promises that we will be able to overcome it.
But what does it mean to “overcome” trials? It means the trials do not overcome our faith or our position as children of God, and we come through the trials intact. Our eternal destiny is not in danger because we are kept by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us as a down payment on our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14). No trial can overcome that because it is of God. Therefore, the child of God will stand firm through the trials and come out on the other side still in God’s hand. This is proof that our salvation is real and our reward in heaven awaits us. James 1:12 assures us, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
What we can be assured of is that when we go through these difficult trials God will be with us (He will also use those trials to develop perseverance and proven character, see Romans 5:3-4, 15:5 James 1:2-4) and He will use our experiences of His strength showing up in our storm to comfort others who are going through similar stuff. And we can say to them from experience ‘you will make it through.’
Paul wrote later in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Here’s a thought:
…Do you really think Mary could handle finding out she was a virgin about to give birth to the Son of God?
…Or that Moses could handle leading the Israelites out of slavery?
…Or Daniel could handle the pressure of prison and sitting in a pit with lions?
…Or Noah could handle being ridiculed by neighbors for building a boat and gathering every animal on the planet when he didn’t even know what rain was?
God put these people – and so many more! – in positions and places and situations they couldn’t handle on their own. Why? So His power could be shown in their weakness and that more could be brought to Himself through their example as they let Him lead. You weren’t meant to handle it on your own. You were meant to be a portrait of His grace.
So… where exactly does that leave you when you’re sitting in the middle of a mess?
It leaves you right where God needs and wants you. As you’re going through it, God PROMISES that HE will handle it.
Be strong and ask God how you can give Him the glory in your struggle. Maybe the struggle you’re feeling right now is because you haven’t done that yet. That’s typically how it works for me. There’s a sweet release that happens when I invite God into the problem and take my hands off of it. I know it sounds tough, but you can do it, and you will be rewarded for it. Amen.
May God continue to bless you!
Scripture of the day: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” – Isaiah 43:2-3a
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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