Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our Ability in the Faithfulness of God

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

Excerpt from “Walking with God and One Another in Accountability” – 2011-11-13
This verse is often used to support the idea that God never gives us more than we can handle – but that idea in itself is not biblical. God’s Word tells us that God is always giving us more than we can handle because if He didn’t, we wouldn’t need Him. And we need Him because as fallen sinners we do not even have the “ability” to keep ourselves from sinning. This is what Paul wrote about in Romans 7:18: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ABILITY to carry it out.” The only power, the only strength, the only “ability” we have to keep ourselves from being overtaken by temptation is the strength, the “ability” we receive when we submit and surrender ourselves to God. And when we do – “God is faithful.”