I Corinthians 10:13; Romans 8:28; various
Building Immunity to Sin
Good evening and welcome to our nightly Bible devotional.
The other night we were talking about resisting temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 helps us out by sharing 4 promises that come with temptation. The first is that we’re all in this together and so we can help each other out. The second is that God is faithful, He will always be there for you. The third is that God won’t allow you to tempted beyond what you can handle. And the fourth is that God will provide a way of escape.
Tonight I want to talk to you about the third promise. That God won’t allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. God allows us to be tempted so that we can build endurance a little at a time. As we get good at resisting the small stuff it makes it easier to resist the bigger stuff.
It’s kind of like what I read in an article the other day. A doctor was saying refuting the claims of the stay at home article by stating that we need exposure viruses and bacteria to build immunity. He said if we isolate ourselves, spray everything with disinfectant, wear mask and gloves, and use tons of hand sanitizer we will actually lessen our immunity and make ourselves more susceptible to a variety of illnesses. Exposure helps us grow stronger.
From what I understand 1 Corinthians 10:13 is one of the favorite verses in China. It is not easy to be a Christian in China. There is much persecution of Christians, restrictions of things we take for granted, and someone always trying to keep and eye on you. There must be a lot of temptation to abandon the faith with that kind of pressure.
Some people twist this verse to fit their own needs. Have you ever heard someone say, “God will not give me more than I can handle?” I hate to say it but the Bible doesn’t back that up. God is trying to help you build up your immunity to sin by allowing you to be tempted in small doses.
Another one of my favorite verse in the Bible is Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.” In the surrounding passage Paul is trying to show his readers that we can be over-comers and victors of present suffering by focusing on our future in and with Christ. He states in this passage that nothing can seperate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord. In fact, in verse 37, he says, “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
This doesn’t mean that nothing bad is going to happen to you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t go through hardships and trouble. It doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be tempted with something that seems too hard to resist. It doesn’t even mean that God is going to make everything come up peaches and cream and give you some rose-colored glasses to make everything look pretty. Bad things happen and they always will until our Savior comes back.
Through perseverance, persistence, and hope we learn to endure and in the end God builds us up. We find that our faith is stronger, our hope is greater, a love for God and others is deeper, and our immunity to fall into sin is built up higher.
I do have to stop here to ask you good-hearted and well-meaning Christians to stop quoting this verse to people who are going through difficult times. No one wants to hear “All things work for good” when they are grieving from a loss of a child, or when they are given the diagnosis of cancer, or when they get laid off from a career they invested in their whole life. Listen my friends, hold that promise in your heart as you pray for them. In the meantime, just be there for them. Be a Paraclete: a comforter, an encourager, a helper, a friend. But don’t offer platitudes that sting like salt in an open wound. Let’s pray.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you for your promises and rest in them. Thank you that nothing on this earth can separate me from your love in Christ. I thank you for giving Jesus, your Son, as a ransom for my sin. Help me to resist the temptations that come my way. And thank for showing me that even bad situations can become good in the long run. It is in the name of Jesus Christ that I pray, AMEN!
Remember 1 Peter 5:10 says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our continued Bible Study from Revelation. Tomorrow night we will be talking about the Glorified Jesus. Good night and God bless you.