Last week, I came to you with a WORD FROM GOD instructing you to “arise and begin to rebuke the winds against your journey.” I clearly remember as the LORD laid in my heart to remind you that “He is with you always.”
Today, the Holy Spirit would have me remind you again of that WORD. God is with you in your situation. Do not let the devil deceive you that you’re done and that you’re finally finished. As a matter of fact, God is just beginning with you. He is making a way where there is no way. You’ll live and see His goodness in the land of the living. So be encouraged.
Today, in continuation of that message let’s look at what God says in 1Corinthians 10:13
There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape. (God’s WORD Transalation)
The Burden is Equal to The Horse’s Strength
You need to know that the word translated “temptation” in the King James Version actually has a broader sense than our English word “temptation” usually carries. By “temptation” we generally mean “being tempted to sin.”
However, in the Greek, the meaning is bigger. In addition to being “tempted to sin” it also includes the idea of “time of trial” or “time of testing.” The Greek word is peirasmos, which is the same Greek word, used in 1 Peter 4:12 as fiery trial, which implies great persecution, loss, betrayal, hurt, distress, pain, disappointments, etc.
So that scripture is basically saying, that whatever comes our way, somehow, we have the strength to carry it because
- The situation is not peculiar to you alone.
- God is faithful in His Words
- You can bear the situation, that is, you can overcome it. You’ll surely have victory.
And those are an extremely powerful three-fold source of encouragement for times of fiery trial!
1. You Are Not The Only One…
First, He tells us that there is no trial that we may go through but such as is “common to man.”
There are times when we feel that no one can possibly understand what we are going through. We feel that we may not be able to make it because we’re having to endure what no one else has had to endure.
God is saying, in essence, “I know that what you are going through is very hard. I know it may seem unbearable. But you need to realize that others have gone through very similar trials. I enabled them to get through it. I will get you through it too!”
When we are going through an ugly situation, it can help enormously if a friend can lay his hand on our shoulder and honestly say, “I know this is tough. I’ve been through something very similar. I didn’t think I could make it. But God got me through it. I know He will do the same for you.”
But even if there is not a specific friend around who is able to say those words to you, this verse reminds us that there are indeed others out there who have been given grace by God to get through similar trials and situations as you are faced with today. God helped them. He will help you too.
2. The Situation is Not Above Your Strenght
Secondly, God assures us in this verse that He will not allow us to be tested “above what we are able to bear.”
Often we feel that we have reached the end of our rope—when we really haven’t. How often we feel that we can endure no more—when we really can.
You see, God is the One Who knows us better than anyone else possibly could. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how much we can bear. He knows exactly which “straw would break the camel’s back.” And He promises that He will never allow that much testing to come our way.
When we are tempted to cry out, “Oh God, I can’t take anymore!” He gently reminds us of these words. “I will not allow you to be tested above what you are able to bear.”
God is faithful and Keeps His Promises. You should be assured that you are coming out stronger and better – not destroyed.
3. God is Surely Making a Way for You…
Finally, He promises that He “will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
There are those times of trial when there seems to be absolutely no way out. It’s as if we had been pushed into a room with no windows and no doors. We can see no hope whatsoever of getting out. In those times, He says, “I will make a way to escape.”
And yes. At just the right time, in just the right way, He will open the door.
It is not easy to remember how limited our vision is when we are staring horrible circumstances in the face. It is not easy to remember that we have a Father who is bigger than any horrible circumstance could ever be. It is during these times when we must force our gaze away from the circumstances and onto God.
It is during times like this when we must cling to His promises knowing that however bleak the circumstances might be, He will certainly see us through!
God raised up Winston Churchill to lead Britain through the darkest hour of her history during the Nazi invasion in World War II. All hope seemed to be lost, but he refused to allow them to give up. Eventually, God gave them victory over the Nazi enemies.
Later, Churchill was invited to give a speech at a boys school which he himself had attended as a boy. When it was time for him to speak, he walked to the podium and spoke these words, slowly and with great emphasis…
“Boys, never give up… Never give up… Never… Never… Never… Never.“
And he sat down.
I’m sure every person in attendance carried intense memories of that moment to his dying day!
When you are going through the fiery trial, let this scripture be God’s way of giving you three powerful reasons why you should.
“Never give up… Never give up… Never… Never… Never… Never!”
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
For Further Reading
2 Peter 2:9, Psalms 89:33, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10,2 Thessalonians 3:3 ,Genesis 19:20-21, Jeremiah 29:11.