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Trials and Delivery

Trials and Delivery

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY PASTOR BARLASS


I CORINTHlANS X. 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 ivith the
temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be
able to bear it.
BY PASTOR BARLASS


I CORINTHlANS X. 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 ivith the
temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be
able to bear it.

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TRIALS AD DELIVERYBY PASTOR BARLASSI CORITHlAS X. 13.There hath no temptation taken you but such as is commonto man : but God is faithful, who will not suffer you tobe tempted above that ye are able ; but will ivith thetemptation also make a way to escape, that ye may beable to bear it.An whatever situation believers may be, they maylay their account vv^ith trials. They have many goodthings in this world ; but troubles await them as longas they are in it. The Lord in his word has madeample provision for them under the severest trials,that if their tribulations abound, their consolationsmay also abound. They have many and preciouspromises, some of which are designed for their sup-port, others for their direction ; and all for their com-fort. There are many declarations in the Scripturesintended to encourage and animate their hearts inevery furnace. They are assured that " the Lordwill be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in timesof trouble," and that he " shall deliver them in sixtroubles ; and that in seven no evil shall touch them.*'For their encouragement too, it is expressly promisedthat " all things work together for good to them that400love God, and are the called according to his pur-
 
pose." Under the heaviest pressures the saints haveno reason to faint, for " though their outward manperish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day :for this light affliction, which is but for a moment,worketh for them a far more exceeding and eternalweight of glory."Among the many passages suited to the tried saint,the text holds a distinguished place. It is repletewith consolation ; and though many watefs shouldoverflow him ; yet faith cannot fail to derive supportand encouragement from such a precious declaration.Eyeing his affliction and this text at the same time,his language will be at the lowest, " I am troubledon every side, but not distressed ; I am perplexed,but not in despair ; cast down, but not destroyed."This text, like a powerful potion, pervades and invi-gorates the whole man ; or, like a well-fitted plaster,covers all the sore, eases the smart, and promotes thecure.Many things prey on the heart of the Christianlabouring under hard distress, to which persons atease are entire strangers. One while, the believerporing on his calamitous situation, concludes that hiscase is singular ; that never any sorrow was like his,and that the Lord hath " shaken him to pieces, andset him up for his mark." When downcast, and readyto faint, this text occurs to his mind, discovers hismistake, and, at least, yields him this comfort, thatmany others have been equally tried, and that hiscondition is by no means singular. It affords someease to one labouring under a dangerous disease, to401
 
see another who has been afflicted with the sametrouble perfectly cured. If the same means can beprocured, they may have the same effects, and hemay be delivered. The text assures the believerthat " there hath no temptation taken him but suchas is common to man."Again, the distressed believer poring on his con-dition, says. Though a thousand should have been asill as I am, and are now delivered, I fear I never will:if their temptation has been the same with mine,their strength has been superior, for if they haveborne theirs, I cannot bear mine. The text admi-nisters comfort in this case also, while it assures himthat " God will not suffer him to be tempted abovethat he is able." He thinks if he could only beassured that he would not be tried above what he isable to bear, he would struggle with all his difficul-ties ; but every thing seems to be against him, andunbelief insists that he has no reason for such assur-ance, and that all his hopes are vain. In direct oppo-sition to unbelief, the text assures him, that he has thebest ground for strong faith and consolation, for Godpledges his faithfulness and veracity that he shall notfail, and while " God is faithful, he will not suffer thesaint to be tempted above what he is able."Further, the believer, still passing through fire andwater, is ready to conclude that he can neither domore, nor bear longer, and that he must one day fallunder the weight of temptations. Though God hasmercifully supported him hitherto, he is now at hiswits' end. He concludes that the Lord will be favour-able no more, that his mercy appears to be clean402

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