1 Corinthians 10:13 - Temptation Comes with Limits and a Way of Escape.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) No temptation has 
overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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.  

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) 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 



   One of the best ways to deal with 
temptation is to stay away from it when you can. 
Granted, temptation can hit us anywhere. Temptation 
can hit us as were sitting in church. It 
isnt always an immoral, impure thought. It could 
be a thought of anger, a thought of hatred, a 
thought of jealousy, or some other thing. Temptation 
can hit us anytime, anyplace. 
   But lets be honest. We know there are 
places we go that can make us more vulnerable to 
temptation. If youre trying to lose weight, dont 
drive by Krispy Kreme, because if the sign is lit 
up, you know youre going in to get those 
fresh doughnuts. We know where we are weak. We 
know where we will fall. We unnecessarily put 
ourselves in the way of temptation. 
   The devil is cunning. He has been doing 
this for a while. He wont say, Hey, you 
happy Christian. Come here. I want to ruin your 
life. I want to destroy your family. In fact, I 
dont want to just destroy your family; I want to 
destroy your kids and your grandkids and your 
great-grandkids who arent even born yet. Im going to 
mess you up so bad that it will be passed on from 
generation to generation. What do you think? 
   Who is going to respond to that? No, 
instead the devil will say, I know you would 
never do this stuff. I know you would never be 
unfaithful to your spouse. I know you would never lie 
or steal. But just this once, try it out. Just 
take a little taste. Just try it on once. Take a 
test drive. Just take this thought out for a 
   That is where the problems begin. It 
starts with a little thing that becomes a bigger 
thing. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


  Where does temptation come from? Many of 
us would say that it comes from the devil. 
Theres truth to that, of course. But even if the 
devil just took a month off every year, wed 
still get ourselves into trouble. 
   All of us will be tempted at one time or 
another. The apostle Paul wrote, 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 10:13 NLT). 
   Yet theres something we need to 
recognize: we play a key role in our own temptation. 
   James tells us, Temptation comes from 
our own desires, which entice us and drag us 
away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. 
And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth 
to death (James 1:14"15 NLT). 
   In this verse James breaks down the steps 
of temptation for us. 
   First, were drawn away by our own 
desires. The temptation comes to mind and we say, 
Im not going to do it, but Ill just take it 
for a test drive. Ill kind of think it 
through. What would it be like? 
   But then we take the bait, which makes us 
responsible. And were under its power, and frankly 
were enjoying the experience. Theres a 
momentary euphoria in sin. 
   Next, the problem is already in full 
bloom because we effectively bit on the hook. Then 
were enticed and drawn away. And ultimately that 
gives birth to sin. 
   We play a key role in our own temptation 
because the devil needs our cooperation in this 
area. And where theres no desire on our part, 
theres no temptation. 
   Remember, it isnt the bait that 
constitutes temptation. Its the bite. [Greg Laurie 
from Harvest Ministries; 


   As a very young man, I memorized 1 
Corinthians 10:13, and I still remember it today: No 
temptation has overtaken you except such as is common 
to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow 
you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but 
with the temptation will also make the way of 
escape, that you may be able to bear it (NKJV). 
   In other words, theres always a way 
out of every temptation. In what we often call 
the Lords Prayer, Jesus tells us to pray, 
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver 
us from the evil one (Luke 11:4 NKJV). 
   The evil one refers to Lucifer, or 
the Devil. And we cannot overcome him in our own 
   When we pray, Do not lead us into 
temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, were 
saying, Lord, dont allow me to walk into a 
situation that would overwhelm me and cause me to sin. 
But deliver me from temptation and any trap the 
Devil has set for me. 
   Its really an acknowledgment of human 
weakness. Were saying, I know I could sin. Lord, 
help me. 
   We cannot completely remove ourselves 
from temptation. Otherwise, we would have to 
leave the planet. And even if we managed to do 
that, we still wouldnt be able to get away from 
it. Thats why we need Gods help. 
   The Devil is powerful, but he needs our 
cooperation. So, dont tell me that you cant get out 
of the trap youre in. Dont tell me you 
cant stop doing whatever it is that youre 
doing. Dont tell me that, because theres a 
way out"if you want to take it. 
   Temptation will follow us wherever we go, 
but there is always a way out. And sometimes, 
the way out is as simple as walking out the 
door. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

   Are you battling an addiction? It might 
be something dramatic and chronic like an 
addiction to alcohol that you've been fighting for 
years. Or, it could be something more subtle, like 
an online addiction to playing Pokmon for 
hours on end. 
   While it's never going to be fun or easy 
to kick any addiction, you will be surprised 
how quickly your peace is restored when you 
surrender it to God. Because if you're serious about 
pursuing God's healing, then he will meet you where 
you are. 
   So if you find yourself overwhelmed with 
temptation, just remember God is not surprised. He knew 
what you'd face and has already made a plan to 
help you find freedom. Don't miss the power of 
Paul's words in today's verse. 
   God will provide a way out.
   What's your way out? Just like your 
addiction, your way out is tailor-made just for you. It 
could be something dramatic or more low-key. It 
might be confessing to your spouse, your best 
friend, your small group, or your pastor. It might 
be deleting an app and making sure you can't 
get to it again. You might need to see a 
counselor, visit the doctor, or attend a group. I don't 
know what you need to do, but God promises he 
will give you a way out. 
   Just ask him to show you the way.
   Lord, sometimes I resign myself to 
struggling with the same old temptations over and over 
again. I know that you can deliver me. Show me my 
way out. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 

   So often we think we're the exception to 
the rule, the person who can handle what others 
can't. When I went away to college, I was stupid 
enough to believe that I could drink and party 
without being affected the way others were. Even 
though I knew my family had problems with 
alcoholism throughout several generations, I still 
thought it couldn't happen to me. 
   Until it did.
   Even my fraternity brothers and teammates 
started to worry. Even those who were also partiers 
said, "Uh, Craig, you might have a problem." I 
figured, no big deal, I can handle this. But then I 
started drinking one night and tried to stop after 
one beer, and there was no way I could stop. Not 
that night. Not the next day. Or the day after 
that. Fortunately, not long after this 
realization, I became a Christian and with God's help 
overcame an addiction that had plagued my family for 
several generations. 
   What is temptation anyway? Temptation is 
anything that promises satisfaction at the cost of 
obedience to God. But today's verse reminds us that 
God always gives us a way out. And why resist 
temptation in the future when you have the power to 
eliminate it today? 
   God is the only one who can satisfy our 
   And he is the only one who can help us 
overcome the temptations we face each day. 
   God, I'm so grateful for the way you meet 
the needs of my heart and satisfy my thirsty 
soul. Thank you for the power to overcome any 
temptation that comes my way today. [Daily Power by 
Craig Groeschel] 


Temptation or Trial
   "Oh Joni, isn't it wonderful that God 
will never test us beyond what we can endure? 
That's a promise from God!" 
   I knew my friend Sue was looking for an 
affirmation, a confirmation that God would never "bend 
the bruised reed." As I nodded slowly, relief 
flooded her features. Sue had never faced the kind 
of mind-bending, soul-obliterating pain that 
now loomed on her horizon. But with the recent 
medical report and the looming prospect of a 
morphine-drip pump in her future, she was scared. Surely 
the Lord won't give me more than I can bear, she 
was thinking. 
   First Corinthians 10:13 is certainly a 
promise... but it isn't talking about trials. It's 
talking about temptation. The promise is that God 
will always, always give you the power to say no 
to sin. But when it comes to heartaches, 
physical problems, and disappointments - things out 
of your control, difficult circumstances 
suddenly thrust upon you - you may very well be 
overwhelmed beyond what you can bear. There is a kind of 
suffering that rips your world apart and leaves you 
bewildered and wounded. There are trials that 
   I drew a deep breath, showing my friend 
the context of the promise - and her brow 
furrowed. "But take heart," I told her. "It's when we 
are at the end of our strength... that's when we 
fall helplessly into the everlasting arms of God. 
That's when God floods our hearts with sustaining 
   You and I may indeed find ourselves 
overwhelmed at times - at the end of our rope and 
beyond. But we will never fall farther than the palm 
of his hand. And where he has called us, his 
grace will sustain us. 
   Gracious Redeemer, I want to trust in you 
fully NOW, so that when the waves of trials come, 
I will trust in you THEN. [Joni Eareckson Tada 
Daily Devotional: 


1 Corinthians 10:13 - Temptation Comes with 
Limits and a Way of Escape. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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