One of the most blessed truths of Scripture has to do with dealing with the devil when he throws temptations at us.  Just a reminder that he knows our weakness and stands in readiness to hit us with every clever temptation that he has acquired. 

Certain things are more alluring than others as we move through life.  Inasmuch as we are still in this body of clay, that even though we have acquired new life in Jesus Christ, we have not reached perfection, and it pleases the devil to see us falter, to embrace the temptation, and be able to hold it before the Father… and Ted calls himself a servant!

In addressing the Corinthian believers, the apostle reminds them, and us, that God never leaves us destitute of strength, and His presence when the devil endeavors to lead us astray.  For our attention, there is 1 Corinthians 10 with its multiple encouragements concerning the things that “happen” to us.  That word appears in verses 6 and 11 where we are told God allows them for a purpose.  That purpose can arrive in negative or positive thought processes.  I am certain that I could make a long list of victories, and sad to say, some defeats.  I attribute those defeats to Ted when his heart failed to fix itself on the person of Christ, and forgot the assurance of verse 13 of 1 Corinthians 10.

Let us consider what Paul sought to remind us of: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”  The devil does not make us do it; in that old nature, we retain even after salvation, and we lustfully rationalize it to acceptance.

The devil does not make us “do it”; he navigates our weaknesses until such time as we compromise.  The energizing person of the Spirit of God is ever present in the believer, thus, whether the world, the flesh, or the devil invades the territory, whose owner is God, we can call on HIM, our Lord, for sustainment.


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