This is a personal journal piece written about 8 years ago. Holy Spirit took me through an expository teaching and here I'd like to share with you.
The expository method of Bible study seeks to present truths, concepts and principles that are taught by a Scripture passage. It does not impose a meaning on a passage, but seeks a meaning from the passage
Let's dive in!
And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. -1 Corinthians 10:13
God's plan is intricately designed for us. He simply allows us to face challenges that will teach us, strengthen us and in so doing will lead us closer to Him and help us understand His plan for our lives.
He doesn't give us challenges to produce PAIN, He allows challenges in our lives so that we will GAIN!
The Greek word for temptation can also mean testing. Challenges, hardship, confusion, struggles, etc. can come in many forms such as doubt, fear, anger, uncertainty, death, loss, etc. Anything that stretches us beyond our comfort- when we're comfortable, we tend to lose our faith and dependence on Him. Sometimes He may allow us to experience curve balls in life to remind us to be faithful in Him and not solely on ourselves.
Not IF...When is a PROMISE, a warning, something to be expected!
4. A WAY OUT:
Provision. Victory. Rescue. A rope. A ladder. You will not be in this place forever. The struggle is only temporary! You will (with faith in Him) move past the present circumstances and with enlightenment and a broadened perspective.
BETTER. STRONGER. WISER. HAPPIER.
5. STAND UP UNDER IT:
As a PLATFORM, a step up, a mountain. By standing over it means that you're above it, you've overcome it, you've WON! And with this elevation, you'll see things from a different perspective. People will literally look up to you. You'll gain respect and can use your victory as a teaching opportunity, a testimony of strength. You can use this "stage" as a way of inspiring others!
For WHEN I am weak, THEN I am STRONG! - 2 Cor 12:10