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1 Corinthians 10:13

I.          The Temptation is Always of Human Origin. That is Falling to the Lot of Man.

   A. The devil doesn’t make us do it.

   B. We are not mindless fools who have no control.

C. Habitual sin is deceptive in that it makes us think we can’t control it.

Here we find what it means to be “common to man.”

II.        God is Always Faithful to Provide a Way for us to Bear It.

            A. He does not remove the temptation.

(Je 29:11; 2Pe 2:9). The Greek is, “the way of escape”;

the appropriate way of escape in each particular temptation;

not an immediate escape, but one in due time, after patience

has had her perfect work (Jam 1:2–4, 12). He “makes”

the way of escape simultaneously with the temptation which

His providence permissively arranges for His people. [1]

            B. The way of escape is through trusting him.  2Co 12:7–9

III.       God Also Never Lets Us, Be Tempted more Than We Think We Can Bear.

            We usually choose the path of least resistance.



No Strings On Shovels?

An alert businessman advertised in the paper that he would give away 250 shovels to the owners of coal furnaces; as there were no strings attached, the supply was gone in short order.

When the receiver of the shovel used it he found printed on the handle where he couldn’t miss seeing it: “If you owned one of our modern oil furnace, you’d be upstairs now instead of shoveling coal.”

—Anna Herbert


[1]Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, A. R. Fausset, David Brown and David Brown, A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997). 1 Co 10:13.

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