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Temptations Are Common (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Introductory Thoughts

Throughout history, man has battled the idea that he is the only one who has had to endure temptation with a desire to do right (1 Kings 19:13-14). This lie was conceived by the father of lies (John 8:44) with the intent of convincing the believer into thinking that no one understands his difficulty. Though it is true that one man’s specific temptations may differ from that of another man, the basic premise is true: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). In Elijah’s day, there were 7,000 others (probably referring to only those in Israel) who experienced temptations similar to those experienced by Elijah (1 Kings 19:18).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The Bible says that there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Whatever situation you face, somewhere, someone has experienced a problem similar to yours. Read what Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8-9.
  • (For everyone): What temptations do you face? How are your temptations like those of your brothers and sisters in Christ? How can you work together to gain victory when tempted?
  • How does it benefit the Devil when the believer assumes that he is the only one battling a specific temptation? What does the Bible teach about strength in numbers (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to give you others with whom you can fight temptation.
  • Ask the Lord to remind you that you are not alone.