Posted by: theedwardsfam | May 5, 2008

Temptation, Priests and Excellent Behavior

One of my absolutely favorite verses and one that EVERYONE should memorize is 1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

That means that there is no temptation that you will EVER be faced with that you won’t be able to handle if you are trusting in God. NONE! That is so exciting because it means that whenever I am tempted by anything I have the power and ability to say NO! Each and every time we are tempted we have been given a way of escape so that we will stand in holiness.

Another verse every Christian should memorize is 1 Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

God calls each and every one of His children a priest! Every believer has been chosen by God to represent Him in this world as His chosen generation, His royal priests, and His own special people! We are called to proclaim what God has done in our life, how He brought us out of darkness and into His light! We should be acting as His priests, people who serve Him, who are holy and pure in our thoughts and actions, people who really know His word, and people who reflect how great and marvelous He truly is!

The last verse we looked at was 1 Peter 2:12

“Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

If we have the ability to say no to temptation each and every time and if we are acting as God’s chosen people, His royal priests, then we our behavior will be excellent in God’s sight. The world without Christ will want us to stumble and fall into sin and will wrongfully accuse us of sinning, but if we have been behaving as God’s chosen priests, then the world will know that we are people that follow God and they will glorify Him through our excellent behavior!

There is no temptation that we won’t be able to handle with our faith in God!
We are chosen by God as His holy nation and His royal priests.
We should keep our behavior excellent since we are able to handle any temptation we are faced with and because we are chosen by God to be His priests so that the world will know who we serve and glorify Him and not us!

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