Good Morning! My name is Carolyn Simpson and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of I Corinthians Chapters 10 and 13.
I Corinthians 10: 13 “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 which ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
When faced with the choice of what to study for today’s devotional, I selfishly picked I Corinthians because I prided myself in knowing its content. And then came verse 12 of Chapter 10: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Not only did I fall, I somersaulted all the way down. God kicked my feet out from underneath me and showed me that I still had much to learn.
In Women’s Bible Study we are learning how to be victorious over Satan in spiritual warfare. The book of Ephesians is our guide, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how God tied together what we’ve been learning in Bible Study to today’s reading. Verse 13, which is mentioned above as the key verse, completely coincides with spiritual warfare. Verse 13 doesn’t say that God will not test us, but that He will limit the intensity of the temptation and will provide an escape route for us. Spiritual warfare is inevitable!
The power of one is highly important—UNITY is very important, in battling Satan. We are one church, one congregation, and Christ is our one bread (verse 17). Ephesians 4: 4-6 complements the important concept of unity. It says, “There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and in you all.”
Many of us think that only we are being tested, and that we alone must ward off and battle Satan. Though we will have personal battles that God places in our lives to teach us lessons, we, as the body of Christ, are also to be comrades in war. We are God’s soldiers and we together have an enormous army to combat Satan and his soldiers. We already know that God will have the victory in the end! Isn’t that encouragement enough to stand firm?
Thank you for being a part of the Route 66 Bible Reading Challenge. Thanks for reading, and you have a blessed day!
WHEN YOU GOT SAVED: 1994
FAVORITE BIBLE BOOK: Esther
OCCUPATION: Assistant University Registrar, Valparaiso University
DREAM VACATION: Castle hopping in Ireland
HOBBIES: Creative Writing, reading, playing alto sax, gardening