Have you ever questioned a biblical, scriptural truth? When I was in high school and the sexual use of me was still taking place with the one older brother, I was reading I Corinthians 10:13. It says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” At the time I knew this verse was given as a promise of God–TRUTH. However, it never seemed true for me. It became one of the reasons I thought God just didn’t care much for me which led to me thinking I was more than an oops of mom and dad. I was also God’s mistake and I would have to earn my way back to Him.
In my recent years I’ve become very grounded in the truth of this verse. I’ve certainly learned that my temptations are common to man. But, more than that I’ve learned just how God never did let me be tempted beyond what I could bear. In all of the times during my life when temptations and life’s realities seemed overwhelming and all consuming, I lived through them and became a better person for doing so thanks be to God,
So, today I read Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” The critical truth in growing in my walk with God has been learning to live by FAITH and unlearning to live by flesh. As I do this I find the truth of my flesh being crucified with Christ. I can claim this truth as a Sword of the Spirit when temptations come.