Deliverance from Temptation
1 Cor. 10:12-13
We continue our topic last week. God’s dealings with Israel is not only an example not to follow but
a warning to the Corinthian believers and to us Christians not to commit the same mistake. What I
want to emphasize here is that we are dealing with the same just God who would not hesitate to
discipline and punish His erring children. The Lord allows temptation in our life but also provides
deliverance and escape.
Illustration 1: Our Weakest Moments
Temptation often comes not at our strongest, but our weakest moments. When we are at the limit
of our patience, love, etc., we are tempted to be un-Christian. Beware, Jesus’ temptation began after
40 days of fasting.
People usually are more impressed when they see us act under pressure. One weak act may spoil a
whole lifetime of witness. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
I. Self-confidence (1 Cor 10:12)
A. The key word here is “thinketh.” It is a warning against the pride of spiritual
standing. It is a warning against self-confidence. “A confidence in our own security
may be one of the strongest evidences that we are in danger.
B. It is self confidence that caused Peter to fall. “”Though all men shall be offended
because of Thee, yet will I never be offended.” (Mat. 26:33)
C. The self-assurance and arrogant pride of the Corinthian factions were a major
problem, as the same attitude is today (Rom. 11:20; 2 Pet. 3:17). God has and will
judge His own people (Jer. 25:29; 1 Pet. 4:17). Self-deception is a curse of religious
people! Those in Christ must continue to exercise diligence (1 Cor. 9:24-27)!
D. The warning is very clear. If you think you are standing then you better be careful,
for you may fall quickly.
Illustration 2: The Stuntman
Over confidence, coupled with negligence, can lead to sad consequences. This is the case when a
person is so sure of himself that he becomes careless about little things that may pose a threat. I’m
thinking, for example, of a stuntman named Bobby Leach. In July, 1911, he went over Niagara Falls in
a specially designed steel drum and lived to tell about it. Although he suffered minor injuries, he
survived because he recognized the tremendous dangers involved in the feat, and because he had
done everything, he could to protect himself from harm.
Several years after that incident, while skipping down the street in New Zealand, Bobby Leach
slipped on an orange peeling, fell, and badly fractured his leg. He was taken to a hospital where he
later died of complications from that fall. He received a greater injury walking down the street than
he sustained in going over Niagara. He was not prepared for danger in what he assumed to be a safe
situation. Source unknown
II. Temptation (1 Cor. 10:13)
A. Temptation is one of the most common experience of the true child of God. Some
however, seem to be tempted much more than others. today
1. To tempt means to entice to do evil. Satan tempted Christ and tempts Christians
also (Mt. 4:1, Heb. 2:18, 4:15, Jas. 1:13)
2. To tempt means to test or prove with the intent of making one stronger. God
“tempts” his children this way (Gen. 22:1)
3. To tempt also means to presume upon the goodness of God. Israel tempted God
in this manner, as believers can today. (Ps. 78:18, Acts 5:9)
B. Source of Temptation:
1. Satan – Matt. 4:1 Satan tempting the Lord
2. The Flesh – James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his
own lust, and enticed. This is manifested in 3 specific forms:
a. The lust of the flesh – 1 Jn. 2:16
b. The lust of the eyes – 1 Jn. 2:16
c. The pride of life – 1 Jn. 2:16
3. Evil Associates – Prov. 1:10
4. Christian friends – Mat. 16:22-23
C. Reasons for temptations
1. To test our faith – James 1:2, 3
2. To test our obedience – Gen. 22:1
III. Deliverance from Temptation
A. God limits our temptations in several ways
1. He sets the time limit of temptation – He knows whether in one more hour we
might have yielded to that insidious attack
2. He sets the time of the temptation. He only allows it when we are mature
enough to withstand that particular type of temptation.
3. He guides the stress or amount of pressure during the actual temptation.
B. The Lord keeps a watchful eye over us each moment and when he sees that we are
already too weak and ready to fall, he removes the cause of temptation and
provides a way to escape.
C. The Christian, who realizes his own weakness, and who turns to God for help in the
hour of his trial and testing, will always find a faithful God who is ready to
strengthen and establish His trusting saint.
D. No matter how dark or rugged the path; no matter how many the foes, our God will
permit nothing to befall us, without also making a way to escape. Let us, therefore,
while we fear the foe and his effort to bewitch us, fly with all assurance into the
arms of our faithful Lord.
Illustration 3: Greatest Spiritual Challenge
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness.
6. (Tie) Sexual lust.
Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when they had neglected their time with
God (81 percent) and when they were physically tired (57 percent). Resisting temptation was
accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising situations (76 percent), Bible study (66
percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent). Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
Illustration 4: Trying to Prove the Bridge Won’t Break
As the Union Pacific Railroad was being constructed, an elaborate trestle bridge was built across a
large canyon in the West. Wanting to test the bridge, the builder loaded a train with enough extra
cars and equipment to double its normal payload. The train was then driven to the middle of the
bridge, where it stayed an entire day. One worker asked, “Are you trying to break this bridge?” “No,”
the builder replied, “I’m trying to prove that the bridge won’t break.” In the same way, the
temptations Jesus faced weren’t designed to see if He would sin, but to prove that He couldn’t.
Today in the Word, March 14, 1991
Let us not be over confident for we may quickly fall into sin. Temptation will always be a
part in our Christian life. However, the Lord is faithful who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.