Today, we will continue our understanding of the important facts about the attacks of the devil. Remember we have learnt the first two facts:
1. Attacks from Satan are not authorized from God.
2. Attacks from Satan can be resisted and defeated.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “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.”
The third fact about the devil’s attack which we will see today is:
3. Attacks from the devil will never be anything beyond your ability to handle. Regardless of how hopeless the situation looks, it will NEVER be beyond your ability. Whenever the Bible uses the word “temptation,” it refers to two different experiences and both of them are from the devil:
a. The temptation to sin.
b. The trials and tests of life that we face. This is the temptation referred to in 1 Corinthians 10:13; it is not a temptation to fornicate, even though that will also fit in somewhere. What this means is that God has limited the devil in his operations and the devil cannot bring something to attack a Christian from his demonic past when he was an archangel. The devil is limited to what is common to human beings and whatever he will bring is common to human beings somewhere.
What we also need to understand from the phrase “who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able” is that God will not allow you to be tempted above your ability but He will allow you to be tempted UP TO THE LIMIT OF YOUR ABILITY. Tests will come to everyone at different times.
The devil brings tests in order to defeat us but God brings tests in order to promote us. If God shields you from tests, you will never graduate in the kingdom. God is looking forward to you using the test to shine in order to give glory to Him. God will always do His part by sending servants of God to equip you ahead of the devil’s test so that by the time it comes you would have developed enough to bear it. The only concern is that when believers miss the equipping season of God, either by absence from their God-ordained church or by despising the truths that God sends their way, they almost always get defeated by the devil.