Trusting in God

“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.”  (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV)

This is an extremely encouraging verse! Paul is telling us when he writes this that God, our Father, provides everything necessary to avoid sin and giving in to temptations.  I thought this verse was very encouraging to me after the past 3 sermons on lust, anger, and loving our enemies,  in our Discipleship 101 sermon series through Matthew 5.  No matter what sins you will be tempted to give into today, God is right there, through the Holy Spirit that is living inside of you, to provide a way of escape. He is there proving everything that is necessary to endure temptations to rebel against His authority, to indulge in sins, and to do the opposite of what He is calling you to do.
 
It is also a reminder that God provides all that is necessary for us to live in obedience to the callings that He gives to us.  Maybe today the Holy Spirit is working on you, and has been for a while, to obey God and live out the calling He has for you.  Maybe that’s a calling to share the gospel with someone today. Maybe it’s to call someone up and encourage them with Scripture and uplifting words.  Maybe it’s to simply get on your knees before the Lord and pray for that someone, or someone’s, that you are burdened for.  
 
Or maybe the calling that He has for you requires greater faith and trust in Him.  Maybe He is calling you to change jobs to have more time with family and to serve at RiverWind.  Maybe He is calling you to give up your job and take your family overseas on mission to make the gospel known. Maybe it’s to support through finances and prayer someone else called to missions overseas.  Maybe the calling He has for you is to mend a relationship by asking or giving forgiveness and practicing reconciliation.  Whatever He is calling you to do, He promises to provide everything necessary to endure the changes, the struggles, and, yes, to enjoy it as well.
 
God also promises to provide for our every physical need (see Matthew 6:25-34).
 
So whatever you are going through today, rely on God. Trust in Him, for there is no greater person or place to put our trust.
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