1 Corinthians 10:13 is a wonderful, reassuring passage of victory.
No 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.
And yet, despite this God-breathed promise, there are sins that I can’t overcome:
- The sin I’m hiding (Psa 32:1-5)
- The sin I’m unwilling to be honest about (Psa 139:7-12; James 1:22-24)
- The sin I’m unwilling to confess (Psa 51; James 5:16)
- The sin I continue to flirt with (Prov 6:27-28)
- The sin I’ve grown comfortable with (Eph 4:17-19)
- The sin I rationalize (Isa 59:1-2)
- The sin I don’t feel sorry about (2 Cor 7:8-11; Matt 3:8; James 4:8-10)
- The sin I will not crucify and leave behind (Gal 5:19-21, 24; 1 Cor 15:31; Heb 12:1-2)
- The sin I desire more than I desire God (Matt 5:8; 2 Sam 12:13)
Thank God that his gospel provides hope! In the strength which he graciously provides, I can overcome:
- The sin I stop hiding.
- The sin I’m honest about.
- The sin I confess.
- The sin I refuse to flirt with.
- The sin I go to war against.
- The sin I will not rationalize.
- The sin I feel godly sorrow over.
- The sin I crucify and leave behind.
- The sin I forsake because I desire God more.
This sermon was delivered on December 13, 2015.