Let’s be honest, the beginning of 1 Corinthians 10 is a rough read. So far, it has made us feel pretty low and unworthy about ourselves. It seems like there is this giant list of rules to follow and no matter how hard we try, we cannot follow the rules. Do you ever feel like that? Be encouraged though Church! When you get to verse 12 there is HOPE!
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT).
These verses are awesome! God seems to use this Scripture in people’s lives to convict and overcome!
Like Paul, I will use myself as an example. I love to win. Maybe you can relate to that or maybe you cannot. I cannot understand how people participate in any competition and expect not to win. The whole “It’s just a game” attitude is “just annoying” to me. I love competing and winning so much that it is very hard for to enjoy even a simple board game if I do not win. I know; it is pathetic! However, it is how I am. If there is no hope for me to win something, I usually give up. That is why I love 1 Corinthians 10:13! I carry the same attitude of “winning” into my spiritual life. If I know that there is hope to defeat temptation, I try to do everything possible to WIN!
Because of Christ, we can win against temptation.