Not This Time!
1 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 ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Intro: There’s not a one of us that haven’t experienced the disappointment of letting God down. Whether it was a sin, a doubt, a mistake in judgment or being overcome by a weakness, we have all felt the frustration of getting it wrong.
I’d like to turn our attention to a verse of Scripture that has been a source of great encouragement for me.
Because of this verse, I can look at Satan and say, “Nice try, but I don’t think so!”
Because of this verse, I can face the devil and say with boldness, “Not this time!”
Because of this verse, you can look ole Slewfoot in the face and say, “You got me before, but NOT THIS TIME!!”
I. The Plan of Satan
BREAKING NEWS ALERT: The child of God is under Satanic attack!
Ever since the Garden of Eden, it has been the plan of Satan to attack and destroy
Satan’s plan is quite simple: steal, kill and destroy. It’s just that simple.
- John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
Satan’s plan is common to man; he doesn’t use anything original.
The way he steals, kills and destroys is:
A. Get you to Fall
The devil can’t tolerate a Christian that has learned how to STAND.
- Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… And having done all to stand, STAND therefore!!
B. Get you to Forget
- Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
One of his best tactics is to get people to forget what all God has done for them.
A temporary lapse of memory can bring about tragic results.
C. Get you to Forsake
- Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
II. The Provision of the Sovereign
One thing is certain; Satan wants to destroy your life.
Another thing is certain: God will not allow it.
There is one thing you can take to the bank: It is NOT open season on Christians; God has Satan on a leash.
- …but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape
With every single temptation that Satan sends your way, God has provided a way of escape.
ILLUSTRATION: When I was a kids, I loved to read Hardy Boys mysteries. They always seemed to get in a jam. Almost every book, they got captured by the bad guys and tied up and gagged. I didn’t know how, but I knew that somehow, they would get loose. There was always some miraculous way to escape. They would find a nail or a piece of glass and cut their ropes and get away.
No matter what trap the devil has, God has a way of escape.
No matter what sin Satan has to tempt you with, God has a way of escape.
No matter how many lies he tells, God has a way of escape.
No matter how many times he backs you up in the corner, God has a way of escape!
God has made a way for us to spit in the devils eye and say “NOT THIS TIME!!”
III. The Path for the Saint
So what is this awesome escape hatch?
What is this ever present provision that allows us to look at the Devil and say “Not this time!”?
A. The Heart of the Savior
- …but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
We can take great comfort in the fact that GOD IS FAITHFUL!
The Bible is very clear – he will not allow us to be tempted above that we are able.
It would be a terrible mistake to think He doesn’t see, or care.
B. The Help of the Spirit
- Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The word INFIRMITIES here is want of strength, weakness, infirmity, to understand a thing,
In other words, the Spirit does more to help us with physical infirmities; He also helps us with infirmities of the soul and the spirit.
- Hebrews 2:17, 18 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
NOTE: SUCCOR means to run when called for; to come to the aid of
C. The Heeding of the Scripture
- Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
If you and I would take time each time we are tempted to look for the escape hatch, we can live in victory!
Because of this verse, we can look at Satan and say, “Nice try, but I don’t think so!”
Because of this verse, we can face the devil and say with boldness, “Not this time!”
Because of this verse, we can look ole Slewfoot in the face and say, “You got be before, but NOT THIS TIME!!