Free Climbing, LESSON 3: Victory Over Sin – God Is Faithful in the Time of Our Testing
If he could do it, it would be a personal best. 305 pounds. He had trained at slightly lighter weights and thought he could chest press that much one time, but now, looking up from the bench at all that weight, his confidence was slipping. He was about to get up from the bench and leave it for another day when a human mountain, an offensive lineman, who he had seen press this weight multiple times, stepped up to the bar and said, “Do you need a spot? Come on you got this.”
Our faith may fail. But God’s faithfulness never will. What does it mean to say God is faithful? Is it merely the textbook definition of faithfulness in human terms? Let us hope not. Faithfulness for a finite, limited creature is still, in the end only wishful thinking or a good intention. The fulfillment of man’s promises, even a very good man, is limited by his humanity. Faithfulness for Almighty God is not only a good intention but a FACT, a reality which can be depended upon without reservation or doubt. When God makes a promise there is no possible situation in which He would not be able to fulfill that promise. There are no extenuating circumstances capable of keeping God from fulfilling his faithfulness. It is his character.
The reality of God’s faithfulness becomes ever so important when we are tried, tested, or tempted. God allows testing and trials in our lives, just as He allowed Job to be tested, just as He allowed Peter to be tested. This testing is often a means to our spiritual growth. Just as a muscle will atrophy if it is not used and grow when it is pushed up to the edge of what it can bear, so it is with our faith. Faith that is never tested will never grow. God knows how much you can bear and has promised to never allow you to be tested beyond that. He will be your strength to stand up under it. He is standing with you saying, “I’m here. Come on, you got this.”
BIG IDEA: God is faithful in the time of our temptation.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
2 Thessalonians 3:3
You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
But the Lord is faithful. He will strengthen you. He will guard you from the evil one. – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Thank God that we can use the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” to defeat temptation every day. Ask God to give you a desire to read his Word.
- What will God do for you when you are tempted?
- What does it mean that Jesus is our “Great High Priest” (see sacriﬁcial system)?
- What does it mean to be faithful? How has God been faithful to you?
LIVE IT OUT!
- Pick out a book of the Bible and begin reading a chapter a week with a parent (John is a good place to start).
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