Dear Church Family,
In the passage for our sermon this coming Sunday (1 Corinthians 10:13-22), our faithful God gives us a wonderful promise to guard and protect us from temptation in our pursuit of holiness:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
On Sunday, we’ll talk a little bit about the two different kinds of temptation that we, as believers, must war against. One is external to us, in which the world and the devil seek to lead us into sin. The other is internal, the lusts of our own flesh. Both the external and internal temptations work in concert to wage war against the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:1-3).
We’ll talk more about the very practical ways in which the Lord limits our temptations, strengthens us, and provides us with the means to grow in grace on Sunday. For now, though – and in preparation for our sermon on Sunday – I recommend a recent article that helpfully explains these two kinds of temptations: “Identifying Our Identity” by Jared Nelson.
In the article, the author explains how a misunderstanding, or even a denial of these two kinds of temptations (external and internal), is being promoted in some Christian circles today with very deleterious effects.
The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch