While we all struggle with sin, we are each prone to wander in different ways. For those confronting disobedience in their own lives, God provides a path of escape through every temptation.
- Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity
- Category #2: Disobedience
- “warning everyone” (Col. 1:28).
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,3 and all ate the same spiritual food,4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.13 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.
- What is your most dangerous sinful leaning?
- All of us are prone to wander, but each of us is prone to wander in specific ways.
- We will never make progress if we blame our sin on a condition or a circumstance.
- It’s difficult to follow Jesus when you continually allow the same sin to entangle you.
- How can I endure through this temptation?
- God’s deliverance in salvation should embolden us to persevere through temptation (10:1-5).
- While all of us experience the same manner of redemption, we do not all struggle with the same type of seduction (10:6-11).
- The ones nearest to sin are often those who believe they are beyond it (10:12).
- If we can be faithful through temptation, it is because God is faithful to us (10:13).
- God has promised to provide an escape route whenever you think sin has backed you into a corner (10:13).
- How will I confront this disobedience?
- Get honest about your sin with God and with another person.
- Replace your sinful desire with a righteous pursuit.
- Fight against that sin as if your life depends on it.
- My disobedience that must be addressed is: