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Living Boldly: Acknowledging and Overcoming Fear

God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 10 part 2

June 23, 2012


Last week we talked about the Living Water of the Lord Jesus and to keep away from immorality, idolatry, and complaining against God, learning from the examples from the children of Israel.   Today we continue beginning at verse 12.  12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

12เหตุฉะนั้นคนที่คิดว่าตัวเองมั่นคงดีแล้ว   ก็จงระวังให้ดี   กลัวว่าจะล้มลง

13No 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.

13ไม่มีการทดลองใดๆเกิดขึ้นกับท่าน   นอกเหนือจากการทดลองซึ่งเคยเกิดกับมนุษย์ทั้งหลาย   พระเจ้าทรงสัตย์ธรรม   พระองค์จะไม่ทรงให้ท่านต้องถูกทดลองเกินกว่าที่ท่านจะทนได้   และเมื่อท่านถูกทดลองนั้น   พระองค์จะทรงโปรดให้ท่านมีทางที่จะหลีกเลี่ยงได้ด้วย   เพื่อท่านจะมีกำลังทนได้  

    Sometimes we can become proud as Christians and too self confident.  We think bring it on, I can take on the world.  I can overcome trials and temptations.  But if we are operating in our own strength we may well fall down.  Peter was very confident. Luke ลูกา 22:31-24 31“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,

31 “ซีโมน   ซีโมนเอ๋ย   ดูเถิด   ซาตานได้ขอพวกท่านไว้   เพื่อจะฝัดร่อนเหมือนฝัดข้าวสาลี

32but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

32แต่เราได้อธิษฐานเผื่อตัวท่าน   เพื่อความเชื่อของท่านจะไม่ได้ขาด   และเมื่อท่านได้หันกลับแล้ว   จงชูกำลังพี่น้องทั้งหลายของท่าน”

33Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”

33ฝ่ายท่านจึงทูลพระองค์ว่า   “พระองค์เจ้าข้า   ข้าพระองค์พร้อมแล้วที่จะไปกับพระองค์   ถึงจะต้องติดคุกหรือถึงความตายก็ดี”

34Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

34พระองค์ตรัสว่า   “เปโตรเอ๋ย   เราจะบอกท่านวันนี้ก่อนไก่ขัน   ท่านจะปฏิเสธว่าไม่รู้จักเราถึงสามครั้ง”

Peter thought, no everybody else may fall away, but I am sticking up for You Jesus.  Sure enough, before the rooster crowed, Peter had denied Jesus three times. 

We can also be weaker than we think when it comes to temptation.  The Bible says when a man is tempted he shouldn't say he is tempted of God. Every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed, and lust, when it is finished, brings forth sin. Temptation begins with the mind, the desire. What do I do with it?  Now, the temptations that we have are common to man. As I am living in this body I am going to be subject to certain temptations, the desires of my flesh, the drives of my flesh. That is common to man. But with that temptation, God is faithful to me. He will not allow me to be tempted beyond my limits. He will provide for me the way to escape in order that I will be able to bear it. But it is important that I take that way of escape.  God is not going to force you away from temptation. God isn't going to force you to be good. When temptation comes, there is always an escape route. God always provides the way of escape. If you fall to temptation, it is because you didn't heed the voice of God. You didn't take the way of escape that He provided. And I can testify of my own life that in every temptation where I fell there was the route of escape. I had had the word of the Spirit to my heart. God said, "Get out of here." "Oh, I will just wait a little bit longer." No, I should have gotten out when the Lord said, "Get out." The way of escape was there, and so it was my failure, not God's. My sin is my responsibility, not God's. There are people that would like to throw it over on God. "Well, God made me this way and I just can't help it." Boy, you blame God for the worst things. It is my failure. God is faithful. I wasn't. For more see

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