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Discover the Book - June 7, 2008

  • 2008 Jun 07
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Christ’s Risen and Glorified Omnipotence

 

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

—1 Corinthians 10:13, emphasis added

 

As we see Christ’s risen and glorified omnipotence—His infinite power and strength with “feet like fine brass”—it is a reminder that He can truly protect us in every situation (Revelation 1:15a).

 

What did Jesus do on earth? He was always protecting His own by delivering them from danger, and stilling their storms (see Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). When His disciples were afraid in their “rocking boat,” He came to them walking on the sea. Isn’t that interesting? He showed His strength and power through His feet!

 

When John saw Christ like “the Son of Man,” he saw His High Priestly garment and then His “eyes like a flame of fire.” Those eyes must have been so awesome to him that he had to avert his gaze, so he looked down and saw Christ’s feet—His “feet like fine brass.” That strength and power came to His disciples across the storm, across their problem, and demonstrated Christ’s omnipotence!

 

What is Jesus doing now? He ever lives to intercede for us to protect and help us in every danger we face! He is omnipotently “able to save to the uttermost”!

Have you ever really thought about the fact that Jesus Christ, the God of the universe, is praying for you? What an incredible ministry! What Christ did in Bible times, He does now: He prays that our faith will not fail. Christ our refuge has the power to deliver you and me from danger, and to still the storms in our lives. There is no temptation or trial that is beyond His strength and power to conquer.

 

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 the words “overtaken you” are very interesting. They mean that temptation is chasing us until we are in the grave. Our flesh is continually trying to come up behind us and trip us up: But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death (James 1:14-15 NASB).

 

When the flesh and the lust keep talking to our will until we say, “All right—just this once I am going to give in,” lust conceives and brings forth sin; for sin is when we yield willfully to the temptation.

 

We will be tempted in proportion to how much we are feeding our lusts. For example, every time we get angry, that lust is fed and will only grow stronger. Whenever we give in to impatience, that, too, feeds the lust and it will grow as well. Each time we give in to materialism, that lust will all the more tighten its tenacious hold on us. The only way to break free is to quit feeding whatever it is that is dragging us down. If we starve whatever lust plagues us, we will have fewer and fewer temptations, and thus grow stronger in Christ instead.

 

Remember this: temptation itself is not sin—it is merely a reflection of the strength of our lust and how much we have fed it. That is why mature Christians mortify their lusts by constantly saying no, thereby starving and putting to death all that struggle.

 

To form the habit of mortifying lusts, we must stay alert to the devil’s schemes to entice us. Temptation will always come through one of these three channels of temptation in the spiritual world: (1) Lust of the flesh—fulfilling a legitimate desire (like sexual desires) in an illegitimate way (like fornication); (2) Lust of the eyes—the constant desire for more and more of the finer things of life; and (3) Pride of life—the hunger for applause or the accolades of others—the arrogance of an independent spirit that competes with God for control and glory.

 

God is faithful: the Son of Man feels compassion; the Great High Priest, wearing that priestly robe, is ready to forgive our sins and cleanse us; Christ’s penetrating eyes always know where we are, and exactly what we need; His omnipotent feet like brass will powerfully provide a way for us to escape whatever temptation or trial in which we find ourselves.

 

“A way of escape” is the omniscient One who says, “You don’t have to commit to that sin; you don’t have to yield to that temptation. You don’t have to give in to that trial. You don’t have to feed your lusts because I am here for you to give you all the power you need to resist the devil, and flee from him.”

 

 

My Heart—Christ’s Home, by Robert Boyd Munger, is a book about giving up every room in our lives so that there are no locked doors that we don’t open up to Jesus. As you completely yield yourself to Him, you will find hope that whatever you’ve been struggling with can become a sweet memory of triumph! Have you given up every room to Christ yet—or are you still reserving a nook or two for yourself? If you will yield to Jesus, you’ll gain the precious fulfillment of His promise to be with you, to provide a way to experience triumph, and not defeat.

 

 

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