Temptation: Not More Than You Can Bare

You know, when you grow up in church you see a lot of stuff frequently. From choirs singing to people passing around offering plates to even children scribbling on paper. You just become used to seeing some stuff.

You get used to hearing stuff too, like scriptures. Yeah, there are definitely some verses that you hear on a regular from, “For God so loved the world…,” (John 3:16) to, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…,” (Proverbs 3:5 - 6) to even “The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1)

One in particular that I continue to hear frequently is 1 Corinthians 10:13, which is the inspiration for the phrase, “He won't put more on you than you can bare.”

Now when you look at that scripture, even though it does not exactly say the phrase above, it hits a few different areas that truly will blow your mind.

First off, it begins with, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience…,” (1 Corinthians 10:13a)

When you just think on that thing...The fact that regardless of what you are facing it has already been experienced and overcome, leaving you with the guarantee that the answer is available for discovery.

Then it hits on, “And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand…” (1 Corinthians 10:13a)

This is normally where the saying comes from. Now, when I initially read that I had to do some digging cause when I normally hear “temptation” I'm thinking sexual, stealing, etc.

So, I looked up that simple word, “temptation”, and the definition I found was, “the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” (Oxford Dictionaries)

Once I read this it caused me to ask myself, if we hit it from that general definition, what would I consider my greatest temptation?

After thinking for a few seconds my answer came forth as quitting. That temptation tends to come forth with me in times of struggle or change.

Once I wrapped my mind around that and opened my memory chamber to my past I saw how that part of the verse is so accurate on various levels.

Times where I felt unwanted & desired to quit, God kept me. Phases where things seemed pointless He reminded me of the process to keep me moving. Seasons where I felt unfruitful He gave me a peak of the upcoming harvest to keep me edified.

My God continually upheld me during these times because the desire or temptation to quit was not in His will, making it wrong and unwise.

That just blew my mind. The fact that a) He brought forth the support & b) He was the support when He knew it was needed & necessary for purpose and plan to continue to flow.

This continued to put a smile on my face when the ending of the verse simply said, “When you're tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13b)

The fact that regardless of how ugly it looked all He had to do was simply show me the way out, which was Him.

This scripture touched my heart on so many levels by just reminding you that at the end of the day even when you think you can't take any more God comes through with, “I got you.” You just have to let Him strengthen and lead.

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  1. i'm not religious, I haven't given that a thought, but I get what you're trying to say. This was beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you & know that following God isn't about religion. It's about relationship.

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  2. Beautifully written. I never thought of quitting as my greatest temptation, or even as a temptation. But when considered the way you have, it makes perfect sense.

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  3. I see why every one writes beautiful for this content until i read it. The relationship with god is amazing. I must say I have been saved alot of times thanks to god.

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  4. I LOVE that verse! This is such a beautiful reminder of why we need and want God in our lives. People will disappoint us (we are only human), but God never will. He is our biggest fan and as long as we live for His love and approval, we will never be disappointed. I know that my confidence comes from knowing this. And the fact that He wants us to be a shining light for Him by encouraging others and always giving instead of always taking. And never asking what's in it for me, but rather, what does God want me to do for that person. So glad to find your blog!!

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    1. Amen. We are created to shine in the darkness & when we walk in our destiny everything else falls into place.

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  5. Thank you for this great reminder. When I am tempted to do something I know God would be disappointed about, I try to recall verses like this. So I could fight the urge and get over with it.

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  6. Such a lovely post to read. Gotta let my friends read this, I'm sure they will love this so much. - Chuck

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm simply letting God use me as He designed.

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  7. When everything seems impossible God makes it possible.

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  8. A lot of people tend to think "temptation" is just related to sexual desire, but your take on it is so true. Quitting is such an easy temptation that anyone can face. It's easy to just give up and walk away. For me, I'm not religious, so it's not God who carries me forward. But there are other people in my life who are holding me accountable and not letting me give up.

    May from http://www.lavieenmay.com

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    1. Giving up definitely is not the answer, & it's great that you see that plus you have people who are helping you press on. Just know that those in your life who are pressing you into your destiny were created by the God who orchestrated your destiny.

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  9. You inspired me with this. I have been on a journey trying to read through the entirety of the Bible which I ahve never done before and today, I decided to read my passages aloud. I am just about to finish Acts and enter into Romans. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. You're very welcome & continue to press forth in learning about God.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this. God, I believe, speaks to us in many different ways. One thing I've always heard, and I think this applies to whatever God speaks to us, is that if "God brings you to it, he'll bring you through it."

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  11. Some powerfull verses here and well said. The Most High is indeed our strength

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    1. Amen. He's also our help in the time of trouble.

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  12. Definitely understanding God has us through all the difficult times in life is important. And knowing he doesn't give us what we cannot handle does make one feel loved and cared for.

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    1. Exactly. Just as natural parents won't allow a child to fight a battle on their own, neither will our spiritual Father.

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  13. Temptation is different for a lot of people and we really must avoid it as much as we can. We should pray to God so we can be strong and avoid whatever it is that is tempting us.

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    1. Exactly. We can bare it with Him, not without Him, and the sooner we realize that the better we'll be.

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  14. AMEN. God trusts us, but we are the ones who keep on failing Him by not fully trusting Him. Thank you for your inspiring post. What an enlightenment.

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    1. You're welcome. I honestly feel as if my not sharing what I've learned defeats the purpose of my experiences & nothing I have gone through will be in vain.

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