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|A Prayer to Resist Temptation|
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”—1 Corinthians 10:13
On one occasion, a Christian woman came to the Elders of our church and asked for special prayer because she was so terribly tempted to accept the pressure from her male friend that they become sexually intimate. Because immorality had been in her background, she found herself weary of resisting his overtures and was about to give in to the temptation. We admired the fact that she was willing to seek out special prayer when she felt she was being tested above what she could bear.
In the Scripture verse above, Paul is speaking about the sins of the Israelites, who, though greatly blessed by God, nonetheless succumbed to sins of various kinds: idolatry, sexual immorality, grumbling, anger, and the like. They were redeemed by the blood of the lamb in Egypt, they were led by God in the desert, and their needs were cared for. Yet, in the face of all these undeserved privileges, they turned their back on the God who loved them. Their sin was greater because their opportunities were greater.
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|A Prayer for Purity|
“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”—1 Corinthians 5:6-7
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”—1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Sin—particularly known sin—weakens the church.
In context, Paul is chastising the church at Corinth because they had allowed at least one immoral relationship to continue without disciplining the offenders. Paul chides them for not mourning over their failure, but rather continuing with business as usual and even bragging about how great their church was. But God will not stand by without some form of discipline and judgment of His own. And in such a case, the whole church suffers. Public sin must have some kind of public discipline.
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