Use the Key!

12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No 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. 14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. —1 Corinthians 10:12-15

“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 . . .” God will befaithful to provide a way of escape. What comforting words to know when we feel like we can’t take any more—when our burden is so heavy we begin to crumble. He’ll provide a way out, an exit. But we have to use it. And we have to recognize it.

John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress back in 1678 that remains one of the best allegories of the Christian life ever written. At one point in the story, he tells of two characters named Christian and Hopeful who were walking along the King’s Highway and stopped to rest in a field belonging to a giant named Despair. The problem was they fell asleep; they got complacent. And it wasn’t long before they were found and taken into a place called Doubting Castle. Here they were beaten, deprived of food and water, and left in the darkness to die. (Ever felt like that? Where you got sleepy in your faith only to wake up in the worst possible circumstance?) In fact, the giant Despair even suggested they commit suicide to just get it over with.

In the midst of discussing the possibility of suicide with one another, Christian remembers he has a key in his pocket called Promise. It is a key that will open any door in Doubting Castle and providethe way of escape—if he’ll just use it. When he finally uses it, the key works and they find that doubt and despair give way to promise every time.

I find so much truth in that little story. How many times do we find ourselves in the pit of doubt and despair? We know of God’s faithfulness in the past but for whatever reason, we are stuck in that prison until the Holy Spirit or another brother or sister in Christ reminds us of what we have in our pocket—the keys of promise. God promises that He has everything under control. All things work for the good of those He loves. And the promise of verse 13 above is always available: He will provide a way of escape. We just have to use it. —Rob Willey

Journal:

·         In what areas of my life have I given doubt and despair a foothold?

·         What “keys” or promises have I forgotten to use?

Prayer – Father, I know You allow trials and temptations in my life to mold my character and strengthen my faith. Help me to know You always provide a way to escape temptations and are always available want to go through trials with me. Forgive me when forget I always have the “key” if I will just use it. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.