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Principles on Escaping Sin

Principles on Escaping Sin

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Principles on Escaping Sin
1 Corinthians 10:13 
 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he willnot let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.In the preceding verse, Paul wrote, “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that youdon’t fall!” In the following study, we will find out how to overcome temptation. To do thiswe must learn by Apostle Paul’s teaching here in his letter to Corinth.1.Know the means of how temptation comes about.We know that God is the One Who sends trials to enter our life. He does this to developour perseverance [James 1:4] because “perseverance must finish its work so that [we]may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” [James 1:5]. However, temptationcomes not from God [James 1:13], but from our own evil desire [James 1:14].a)God gives trials to those He loves for the process of sanctification. b)Temptation is an inward solicitation to do evil.Example: John, a businessman, went to work one weekday morning. He was pressured with work that day, so he quickly went straight to his office. As he enteredand sat comfortably in his chair, he noticed so many on his desk. He immediatelyknew that this was not his money. The first thoughts that came to mind were,“Nobody is in here but me. Nobody would know if I kept it for myself.” He then began thinking of ways to persuade himself that he actually deserved the money or that this was his anyway. But John was a Christian, he shattered all of those thoughts by acknowledging that this was really his and someone is missing what could be agreat deal of money to them. So he kept safe the money and finished his workday.The next morning John made an alternate turn during his day and went to his boss’office to return the money. He told his boss the situation and that he wanted to return because someone is probably missing it. His boss replied, “No one is missing thismoney. I put it there to test you, John. And you passed.”2.Know why temptation comes about. [“No temptation has seized you…”]This part of the verse tells us that temptation’s goal is to overcome you or seize you.Think back of what happened when David saw Bethsheba on the roof top [2 Samuel:11].He fell into sin and failed the test given him. James speaks about this in verse 14 and 15of chapter 1. First, we are tempted when, by our own evil desire, we are dragged awayand enticed. “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it isfull-grown gives birth to death.” To put it more clearly James writes in the 16
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verse of chapter 5 that we suffer spiritual weakness as a result of sin in our lives.3.Know the nature of temptation. [“…except what is common to man.”]Temptation is human, not so demonic. They are very normal. Hebrews 4:15 tells us thatJesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” That is why Godunderstands what we go through.4.Know the extent of temptation. [And God is faithful;

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