Daily Archives: October 1, 2019
Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.
You can join us in this study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (Context vs. 1-13)
Warnings From Israel’s History
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things 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 got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
An Escape Route | Shiree King
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
God has promised to oversee all temptation that comes at us in the world, to limit it according to our capability (with His help) to endure it, and to provide a way of escape in tempting times. Per the Enduring Word Commentary, “The word for ‘a way of escape’ is really ‘a mountain pass’, with the idea of an army being surrounded by the enemy, and then suddenly seeing an escape route to safety. Like a mountain pass, the way of escape isn’t necessarily an easy way.”
This month we are meditating on the promises of God. God wants us to trust His promises, rest in His promises, and be transformed by His promises. Does anyone else read this promise about resisting temptation and have a hard time believing it to be true? Over the years I have thought a lot about James 1:14, which talks about our temptation being personal and coming from our own evil desires. It is important to remember that the temptation itself is not sin. It is also important to remember that we cannot resist temptation in our own power. We need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word and call out to the Holy Spirit, relying on the Spirit’s power to help us resist temptation.
Dear God, Thank You for Your promises to help us avoid and resist temptation. Thank You for sending Your Holy Word to give us direction and Your Holy Spirit to give us power to resist those temptations that seem so enticing to us. We trust and rest in Your promises today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.