MY 900TH BLOG, YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE?
WordPress tells me this is my 900th blog, the records show I began blogging almost 7 years ago. Deliberately, there has been much repeating on themes. I have sought not to write just to impart information, and have limited my use of Greek & Hebrew, (not to complicate the issue) so that my readers would receive teaching that would challenge and encourage them in their Christian walk. I have sought not to make my blogs a pulpit for pet theories or teaching, but to keep it as simple as possible. Most of the great Reformers are recorded as saying they need to repeat and remind Believers constantly about essential truths, because they were so prone to forget. The line of an old hymn declared, “Tell me the story often for I forget so soon”.
I have mentioned a few times that we are living in a day where there is so much compromise, and even some preaching seems to promote “cheap grace” that we are not to worry if we sin and fail the Lord, “Just come to Jesus and He will forgive you, and thank God that is true that if we confess He does forgive 1 John 1:9. but I want to highlight a verse that challenges us to lift our eyes a little higher, and see just what is available to us, to assist us to live a holy victorious life.
The verse is taken from 1 Corinthians, a dear Bible Teacher friend titled 1st Corinthians A CATECHISM FOR CARNAL CHARISMATIC CHRISTIANS. It had been reported to Paul the problems that were occuring in the church there, and he felt he must write and correct them.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV 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.
The AMP. N.T. broadens it out so well For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
Paul is telling not only the Corinthian Believers, but every Believer in every generation until Jesus returns that IN EVERY TEMPTATION WITHOUT EXCEPTION THERE IS A WAY OUT.
Christian friends, we have no excuse, SATAN HAS BEEN DEFEATED,AND STRIPPED OF ALL HIS POWER, THE ONLY POWER HE CAN HAVE IS WHAT STUPID CHRISTIANS GIVE HIM.
I want you to meditate on this verse, especially the Amplified translation that spells it out so clearly.BY THE GRACE OF GOD, NOT THAT WE CANNOT SIN, BUT WE NEED NOT SIN.
I regularly highlight 2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT By his divine power, God has given us EVERYTHING we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
I am praying for you and myself that the HOLY SPIRIT WILL SO TURN THE LIGHT ON that this truth becomes a greater revelation to you, and that you covenant to spend
Quality time with God in prayer every day
Quality time reading and meditating on the Word of God
Relate ever closer to a Mentor and your brothers and sisters in Christ, and deepen your planting in the local church.