Happy Wednesday! Sometimes we see the weight of pressure and what it can do to an object. But we rarely see the weight of the world and the slow pressure it puts on us to conform to its shape and image. Today, Paul concludes his introductory reminders to the Corinthians. Join me as we read 1 Corinthians chapter 10, verses 12-13.
“12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 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. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT
Paul used the Old Testament to explain to the Corinthians about the grace and love God had for the Israelites, but in their disobedience and grumbling God also punished/disciplined their actions. In 1 Corinthians chapter 9, verse 27 Paul wrote, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” As you can read, Paul knew the mighty power of God, but he also knew weakness within him (unchecked/unexamined) could cause him to be disqualified.
To end Paul’s point, he shares with the Corinthians, “if you think you are standing, be careful not to fall,” as the Israelites did. But most notably in today’s reading is about God’s faithfulness. That the temptation that you are under or are experiencing will not be more than you can stand. The faithfulness of God and our experiences in walking with Him in faith reminds us that when we are tempted He will show us a way out so that we can endure.
The word endure captured my mind this morning. The dictionary meaning, according to Merriam Webster is:
1 : to continue in the same state : last the style endured for centuries. 2 : to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding though it is difficult, we must endure. transitive verb. 1 : to undergo especially without giving in : suffer endure hardships endured great pain.
To undergo especially without giving in.
Sisters and brothers, my prayer for you today is that you will trust God as He gives you the strength and wisdom to show you a way out, so that you will endure any temptation (Greek=test) set before you. That in the midst of pressure from the weight of this world, life circumstances and freedoms, that you will endure with the Lord on your side.
Father God, thank you for your word today. Lord, thank you for the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus. Lord, thank you for never giving up on us. Lord, we want to be obedient followers of you. Lord, when we are tempted strengthen our faith. Lord, when we are pressured by the world help us to carry the weight. Lord, when the world has us dismayed and at our physical end, Lord give us supernatural power to endure. Lord, we pray for healing for those who are suffering today. Lord, we ask that you touch their bodies and heal them. Lord, deliver them from pain. Lord, we pray for those who are suffering with mental illness and we ask that you take them out of those dark places and bring them light. Lord, remove the voice of the enemy that is trying to destroy them and the plans that you have for them. Lord, be with us today and allow us to be a light in the midst of dark, heavy situations. Lord, use us in incredible ways to lead people to you. Lord, you are Redeemer, Restorer, Healer, Way Maker and so much more. Lord, you are comforter too, be with those who are struggling with grief today. Lord, hold them and help them to breathe peace into thei hearts. Lord, heal their pain and strengthen at this time of loss. Lord, help us to see you in everything today, don’t let us give in. In Jesus name, amen.
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