Tuesday, August 23, 2011

God's Promises During Struggles and Temptations

Our God is a faithful God and has promised us help when we are struggling with our sinful nature and the temptations that come our way. We will never be able to overcome sin and temptation on our own. Our flesh is weak and is unable to overcome sin through the law.  That is why God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ  to conquer sin and the penalty of sin which is death. Romans 8:2-4 “2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Another reason why God sent His Son to this earth in the flesh was because man was helpless and needed a helper who can understand and sympathize with the struggles and temptations that go on in the flesh. Though Christ was tempted in all ways, He never sinned or even got close to sinning. The promise for us is that we can boldly go to the throne of God and cry out for help and He will understand our pains and struggles and help us through each and every temptation and struggle.  Hebrews 4:14-16   ”14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
God has promised us that He will not allow us to be tempted more than what we can handle. God knows His children inside and out and He knows our weaknesses even before we cry out and confess to Him.  Psalm 139 totally explains the perfect knowledge that God has of man. Now if God knows us that well then He also knows how much temptation we will be able to handle and will not allow us to go through more than that. After all He is our Creator and we are His children. Which parent wants to see their child struggle and fall into sin that will lead them to destruction. How much more our loving Father in heaven will protect us from temptations we can’t handle. 1 Corinthians 10:13   “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.”     As you can see in this verse God even promises us that even when we are tempted He will make a way of escape.  For in our weakness He is strong and His mighty grace will be sufficent to overcome anything that comes our way.  1 Corinthians 12:9 “9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Amen!!!
Be of good cheer my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Our God has promised us that we are not alone in our walk with Him and that He is going to help us in this path in which He chose for us to walk in. He is the author and finisher of our faith and has promised us He will help us get to the finish line.  Phillipians 1:6   being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”.  Praise be to God for the hope we have in Jesus because we could not have walked this Holy walk on our own!!!!  Always remember that    “4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  1 John 4:4   AMEN!!!
Post a Comment