Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No 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. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)
There are a few things I want you to know about temptation. What do you want me to know? You will experience temptations throughout your life. They will never end. You will never be above temptation. Don’t think that you will ever be so strong that you won’t have to worry about resisting temptation. I was tempted. You will be tempted. This should come as no surprise to you. It doesn’t.
Speaking of surprises, most of your temptations will come as no surprise to you. You should be able to think about when, where, why and how you will be tempted. Do you know why knowing this is important? I’m not sure. Take a guess. I should not allow myself to get into tempting situations. I should remove myself from tempting circumstances. I should remove anything from my life that will feed temptation and cause me to sin. Good guess, that’s exactly right. You will eliminate a lot of temptation simply by guarding where you go, what you do and what you allow into your life. Stay away from every evil temptation that will cause you to sin. Yes Lord, I will.
You will never experience a temptation that is unique to you. Others will experience temptations just like yours. Never think that you have some uniquely powerful temptation that cannot be resisted and overcome. I will never let you be tempted beyond your ability to resist. That’s good. That’s not all.
I will always provide you a way of escape out of temptation. You will need to watch for your way of escape. You will need to take your way of escape immediately. Don’t linger. Don’t delay. You must immediately take the way of escape that I will provide for you. Do you know why you must act immediately? I think so. If I delay taking my way out of temptation, I will fall into temptation and sin. Yes, you will. There is more.
I will also strengthen you against temptation. How will you do that? My word will make you able to stand against temptation. My word with strengthen you. My word will change you as you let it dwell in your heart and mind. The word of God made me able to resist temptation. The word of God will make you able to resist temptation. Will you let the word of God dwell in you richly? Will you remove yourself from what will feed your temptation to sin? Will you take the way of escape out of temptation that I will provide for you? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will not be overconfident about my ability to stand against temptation. There would be no reason for that. I know you won’t let me be tempted beyond my ability to stand against it. I will watch for and take the way out of temptation you provide for me. Amen
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