1 CORINTHIANS 10
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Notice God has counted it generally beneficial to you if he leaves whatever you are dealing with so that you have to struggle a bit to over come; knowing that the power above the universe is right there seeing to it that there is always enough ability available, without doing it for you or taking it away. Sometimes in his mercy he will take away things with a stroke. But know this, you miss an opportunity to grow. Maybe the next thing will allow you to get where you should have gotten with the last situation. Why all this? Because we are called to be ones that will one day rule the universe. God has determined that we must have some skin in the game. We must add our own effort without which effort, we would never have overcome. So, look at these temptations and situations differently from now on.
Let us look at how the Apostle Paul dealt with a situation in his life that grieved him. Because of all the great things, most of which I am sure is not written, that YHVH was doing through Paul, God allowed Satan an avenue to attack Paul: Probably with lies. There has been much speculation. He prayed about it more than once. In fact he an apostle who did many great miracles prayed three times for God to remove it and Yeshua (Jesus) made him understand more fully what I am talking about. Listen as Paul explains.
2 CORTHIANS 12
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
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.
Get it? Yeshua (Jesus) told him, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
The Apostle Paul Got it and so should we. When you consider the things in this article, what he told Paul summarizes those things. What if a man has 99% of the strength to over come something? God will make sure he has that 1% needed to make it. If he is a brand new Christian and has only 2% of what is needed, God will add the 98%. You will always have enough of whatever it takes to overcome. Stop getting upset, when you are allowed to go through tough situations that seem even worse than the last time. Stop blaming God and rather through knowledge understand, he will let you go through tougher and tougher situations to build the character you will have for eternity. Start taking pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when you are weak, then you are strong. Get what Paul was saying, instead of saying God I am going to do wrong because this is the greatest weakness that I have felt about doing this evil. No! Smile at it as an opportunity because the more weak you are the more power God has promised to use. Never lie on God and claim you had to do evil; thereby calling him unfaithful. You will always have the power available, but you will not necessarily know by what means, or necessarily feel it. If you did, it would not be sufficient to help you grow. But you know what in general is coming: God’s grace. And you know that it is coming at the time you need it. You also know it will be what you need. So look for it, don’t expect to feel it necessarily nor have any clue. It is exciting! We walk by faith, not by sight. The smaller group who really know God can overcome anything without fail. That does not mean that sometimes some one will not roll around some temptation in their minds until THEY decide to go ahead and do it. Yes, you can choose under temptation to go ahead and do something, even killing yourself, if you have turned form him to your own way. But those who abide in him can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. And they are more than conquerors in all matters. For most things they can over time train their senses until it is not much of a temptation anymore and Satan will try something else. Next time remember, when you are at your weakest, you really have the most power, because God has promised to fill the gap and he cannot fail.
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