The 10:13 problem.

Paul wrote to the founding Christian church at Corinth, about corrupting liberty. Christians have a spiritual freedom but we abuse that freedom when we use it to please the body more than than the soul.

Christians have bible dipped to death that “God gives you no more than you can bear.”

But the Bible doesn’t say only that. People often misinterpret rules all the time in the name of clarity.

1 Corinthians 10:13 actually says: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.

So in modern words: There has (been) no temptation (that you have) taken but such (those) that are common to (mankind) , but God is faithful to (you). He will not suffer you (temptation) above your ability, but with temptation will provide a way to escape so that you can bear it.

Some people believe that mental illness is simply a temptation. Maybe, if you’re anxious with panic disorder, you just are not trusting God enough. If you have a food addiction, you are surely not trusting God enough. He just works miracles simply by prayer.

We omit the last line of 10:13; we missed the way of escape. The way of escape could be counseling. The way of escape could be a group of friends that we meet on Thursdays. The way of escape might be someone willing to be with that ill relative while you go take a break and get some dinner.  The escape might even be medication, because you can’t turn your brain off when it’s time for bed.

But if we just shorten the verse, we have: God will never give you more than you can bear!

That’s good, but while I’m bearing it..how do I get through?

James says: Be joyful when you face many temptations because when your faith is tested, you’ll learn patience. But human patience runs out. So you must… (James 1:2-3)

Ask, Knock, and Seek. —-  We forget that the search is long and wide for the answers to complex problems. We do not always understand that we can search  while we trust God for his miracle. —- Matthew 7:7

I am all for 1 Peter 5:7, for casting all your concerns to God because he cares for you. But God helps workers. The person, afraid and wavering, will not be blessed. He cannot help us fix a problem if we can’t understand the need for patience.

You don’t get a degree by simply praying it forward. You don’t find a job by just praying for a position. You don’t conquer high blood pressure by praying that you eat the right food. You conquer a problem when you change your habits.

Faith without action is always a losing game. It’s a certain self-deception that only makes a workable problem difficult to address.

So yes, we can face temptation, but we’ve got to remember that God places people to help us conquer it. I’ve always believed that God changes people, and then people change things. Sometimes the situation cannot change because the wrong people are mapping the “way” out.

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