Don’t Stop! Don’t Yield! Keep Going!
by Brian C. Collins
1 Cor 10:13, Romans 6:13
“Many of us suffer from needless temptations because we refused to let God lift us to a higher plane to face other kinds of temptations.” (Oswald Chambers, paraphrased).
I read through my devotional today, and I realized I don’t remember if I ever looked at temptation this way. It is a trial we must go through relying on Christ and His Word to come out on the other end without yielding to or committing the sin. A trial that passes strengthens us so that we can go through another trial of a different tempting. It is a process that is used to mature us and open our eyes to how much we really depend on the Lord and scripture along with the possibilities that lie before us through Christ.
When studying temptation and looking at it as a trial we go through, it really makes Philippians 4:13 come to life and show us again how the Bible is so true and applicable in our Christian life. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” Philippians 4:13.
Through Christ, I am able to pass through these trials, and once past the first two miles, I gain a second wind and press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus and gain more strength for the next mile. I can see how my past victories over temptation and sin give me encouragement to keep fighting the good fight and help me to keep running this race of the Christian life with more determination and hope of accomplishing much more for Christ than what little I have so far.
Keep running! Don’t stop! Don’t yield! Keep going!