A Way Out So You Can Stand Up

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 13 - 1 Corinthians 10:13 - A Way Out So You Can Stand Up - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 13 – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – A Way Out So You Can Stand Up – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 (NIV)

Ways Of Escape

I know that I am not unique. I know that I am not all alone. I will never experience temptations that are not common to the rest of mankind. Nor will I ever be tempted beyond my ability to withstand that temptation. That’s true. I also know that you will provide me a way of escape out of every temptation I will face. Yes, I will.  

It sounds to me like you have some questions. Yes, I do have a few questions. What will your way of escape out of temptation look like? Is there some wisdom you can give me about your ways of escape out of temptation? Those are very good questions that I would like to hear you answer. I thought you might say that. Well, I did. So, let me hear your answers. The ways of escape out of temptation will be as varied as the temptations themselves. Give some examples. One way of escape out of temptation is to not let myself enter into it in the first place. I already know when, where and how I am most likely to be tempted. I am not usually overtaken by some rare and unusual temptation that I have never encountered before. I already know that there are places I should not go and things I should not do. Being around certain people and places and in some circumstances is like opening a door to temptation. So, you will not go where you should not go? You will not do what you should not do? You will separate yourself from people and places and things that you find tempting? Yes, that’s true. That’s a good start. What else? I know that my defenses against temptation can be weak or they can be strong. How so? If I am allowing your word to dwell in me richly, my defenses against temptation will be strong. Why is that? I will be meditating on your word. I will be thinking your thoughts, speaking your words and taking your actions. So, my word will guard and guide your life? Yes, that’s it. So, you are really talking about my defenses for you rather than your defenses? Yes, I am. On my own, without your protection, I am defenseless against temptation. Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it to fight in me, with me, for me and through me so I will be able to stand against temptation and resist evil. That’s true. What else? I am not meant to live the Christian life alone. What do you mean by that? It is your plan that I become rooted and grounded in a body of believers. That’s true. As I live in close relationships with fellow believers I will be strengthened and encouraged and lifted up. It is your plan for me to be strengthened by, and to strengthen, other believers so we can stand against temptation and resist evil. Yes, it is. Anything else? Yes, sometimes your way of escape out of temptation simply involves running from it. Yes, it does. Will you take all these ways of escape? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you that I will never experience a temptation that is not common to the rest of mankind. I am not unique, nor am I all alone. Thank you for always providing, for me, a way of escape out of temptation. Help me to see and quickly take that way. Amen

Key Question… Why will you lose your opportunity to take the way of escape out of temptation if you don’t quickly take it?

Living It Out… Watch for and take the way of escape out of temptation that the Lord will provide for you.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to take His way of escape out of temptation.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have seen and taken the way of escape out of temptation.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you take the way out of temptation that the Lord provides.

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The Way Of Escape

The Virtuous Life - Day 218 - 1 Corinthians 10-13 - The Way Of Escape - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 218 – 1 Corinthians 10-13 – The Way Of Escape – Growing As Disciples

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 10:13 (ESV)

Way Out

I know that you have provided me many ways out of temptation. Let me hear your thoughts on this subject. What you have to say will be very interesting. I will start with the most obvious way out of temptation. What’s that? I will not willingly allow myself to enter or remain in tempting situations. When, where, how and why I am most likely to be tempted is no mystery to me. Temptations rarely come out of nowhere. Temptations rarely sneak up on me and take me completely by surprise. So, the first and most important and wisest step I can take is not to enter or remain in tempting situations in the first place. You have given me the wisdom to know this to be true. Yes, I have. Can you say more on this point? Not only should I not enter tempting situations, but I need to get out of them immediately when they are upon me. Why is that? Lingering around temptation is the surest way to defeat. When you provide a way of escape, I need to take it immediately. That is correct. You want me to run from temptation, draw near to you and you will draw near to me. That is how I will resist temptation and submit myself to you. At the same time, the devil and all his evil will flee from me. So, running away from temptation is not enough. I must have a direction to run, and that direction is to you. Yes, as you draw near to me, and I draw near to you, and the devil and all his evil will certainly flee from you. There is no safer place to find yourself, than in my presence. I know that to be true. That’s good.

I have provided you another powerful way out of temptation that isn’t quite so immediate. Tell me about that. You want your word to dwell in me richly. You want to use your word to change my heart, transform my mind. and guide my life. Your word will make me able to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. Your word will make me able to live the life you have called me to live. Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me. Your word will help me to put off my old life in the world and put on and live out the new life I have in you. Your word will help me to resist temptation and fight against evil. Yes, it will. Thank you Lord, for the many ways you have given me to endure temptation when it comes my way. I will immediately take every way out of temptation you provide for me. That will be very good.

Lord, I know I will not experience temptations that are unique to me. This sin broken world provides temptations to us all. I will not allow myself to be placed in tempting situations. I will immediately take the way out of temptation that you will provide to me. Amen

Key Question…  Why must you immediately look for the way out of temptation, that God provides, so you can escape it?

Living It Out…  Immediate take the way out of temptation that God will provide for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will provide you a way out of temptation so you will be able to endure it.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has provided you ways out of temptation.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you take the way of escape the Lord will provide for you when you encounter temptation.

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He Will Also Provide A Way Out

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - 1 Corinthians 10:13 - He Will Also Provide A Way Out - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – He Will Also Provide A Way Out – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 (NIV) 

Stand Up

Let’s clear up a few things right from the start. Like what? You will never face a temptation that is unique to you. Others have and will face temptations just like yours. Others have faced what you will face and have been able to stand up under the same temptation. Why is this important for you to know? If I thought that a temptation was unique to me I might begin to have a poor me attitude. What else? I might begin to believe that I couldn’t possibly stand up under such a unique and powerful temptation. That’s right. I have something more to say about that. I’m listening. That’s good. What I am about to say is also very important for you to hear and believe. You have my full attention. I will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. Tell me why it is so important for you to hear and believe this as well. If I didn’t believe this I might make excuses for myself and try to rationalize or justify my not standing up against temptation. That’s right. It’s good that we cleared up these few points right at the start, don’t you think? Yes, I do. Good answer.

Now we are going to dig a little deeper. I’m ready. I will always provide you a way of escape out of temptation. What does knowing this require of you? I need to be looking for and ready to take the way of escape out of temptation that you will provide for me. Yes, that’s right. Is there anything else you want to say? I know from experience that the way of escape out of temptation usually comes early in the temptation. What else do you know from your experience? I know that if I linger around temptation I will never be able to escape from it. Why is that? Temptation is too enticing and alluring. I need to run from it the second that I see it coming near to me. I need to immediately take the way of escape that you will provide. Yes, you do. There is quite a bit more that you want to say isn’t there? Yes, there is. Go ahead, I’m listening. Sometimes the way of escape that you provide comes even before the temptation arrives. What do you mean by that? You and I both know how I am most likely to be tempted. Yes, we do. You want me to avoid tempting situations and circumstances. You also want me to remove anything from my life that feeds whatever is likely to tempt me. Yes, I do. Avoiding tempting situations and circumstances and removing whatever feeds my temptations are ways of escape that you have provided to me. Yes, they are.

Now lets dig even a little deeper. What else is there? You will never be able to resist temptation with your own strength alone. No surprise there. How did I resist temptation? What did I use when temptation came upon me? You used God’s word in response to temptation. Yes, I did. Why was I able to use God’s word to resist temptation? You knew God’s word. Yes, I did. What does that tell you? If I want to be able to stand against temptation I must know God’s word as well. That’s right. So, on the one hand I need to starve what feeds temptation and on the other hand I need to feast on what helps me to stand against temptation. That’s exactly right. Will you feast on my word? Yes Lord, I will. Do you know what will happen when you remain in my word and my words remain in you? Yes, I do. Tell me. The Holy Spirit will use your word like a sword to fight in me, with me and for me against temptation. Yes, He will. Then you will be able to stand up against temptation. Then you will be able to see and take the way of escape out of temptation that I have provided for you. That’s what I will do.

Lord, I have faith that you will always provide me with a way of escape out of temptation. I will look for and immediately take the way of escape you provide for me. I know that no temptation will be too strong for me to resist and stand against.  Amen

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A Way Out

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises - Day 2 - 1 Corinthians 10:13 - A Way Out - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 2 – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – A Way Out – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 (NIV)

Way Out 

I have no doubt that you will provide a way out for me. I will provide what kind of way out for you? You will provide a way out of temptation for me to take. Yes, I will. Tell me what you know about temptation. You went through temptation. I will go through temptation. Temptation and evil are part of this sin broken world. Keep going. I will never experience a temptation that is unique to me. So, I will never need to have a “poor me” attitude toward temptations. Others will experience temptations that I have or will go through. That’s true. What else? You will never let me be tempted beyond my ability to resist. You will always provide a way out of temptation for me to take. Let’s talk more about that. What might the way out of temptation look like for you? I like that question. Why is that? I have discovered that often your way out of temptation is to not let myself get into tempting situations in the first place. Say more. I have learned the most likely ways in which I might be tempted. I can take action ahead of time to avoid situations that would give the devil and all his evil ripe opportunities to tempt me. Avoiding tempting situations is very wise of you. You must never come to think that you are above being tempted. If you proudly think you are standing, you will likely fall into temptation. Don’t I know that. That’s good.

You know that I will provide a way out of temptation. Yes, I do. We have discussed avoiding tempting situations in the first place. You will still, at times, find yourself in the middle of tempting situations. What will you do? I will look for the way out. I will take the way out. How quickly will you take the way out of temptation? I will immediately take the way out that you provide. Why is that critically important? If I linger around evil, I will no doubt succumb to it. I believe that it is your plan that I quickly run away from temptation and evil. Yes, it is. Indecision within myself will lead nowhere good. I cannot debate with myself about giving in or not giving into temptation. That is the road to certain defeat. That’s true.

I have not left you defenseless against temptation. What do you mean? How did I battle temptation? You used God’s word to fight against temptations from the devil. Yes, I did. God’s word is like a sword that the Holy Spirit will use to fight in you, with you, for you and through you. With that in mind, what will you do with God’s word? I will take God’s word deep into my heart and mind and life. How so? I will meditate on and memorize God’s word. I will let God’s word dwell in me richly. I will allow God’s word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. That is another way out of temptation that you have provided for me. Yes, it is.

Heavenly Father, thank you for not letting me be tempted beyond what I am able to resist. Thank you for always providing a way out of temptation for me. Help me to avoid all known tempting situations. I will immediately take your way out of every temptation. Amen

Key Question…  Why must you immediately take God’s way out of temptation in order to not succumb to it?

Living It Out…  Immediately take the way out of temptation that God will always provide to you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will always provide a way out of temptation so that you will not succumb to it.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has provided ways out of temptation to you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you take the way out of temptation that God provides.

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Way Of Escape

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – Way Of Escape – Growing As Disciples

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 10:13 (ESV)

Way Of Escape

You will experience no unique and overpowering temptations. No temptation will come upon you that you cannot possibly endure. I will never allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to resist. You can be very sure that I will provide a way to escape the temptations that come upon you. Are you listening very carefully to all that I am saying to you? Yes, I am listening to your every word. Do you believe everything that I have just said to you? Yes, I believe every one of your words. That’s very good. Do you know why it is important to hear and believe these words of mine? Yes, I think I know why it is important to hear and believe these words of yours.

Tell me what you think you know about the importance of these words of mine. It is important for me to know that I won’t experience any unique and overpowering temptations otherwise I might become discouraged and easily give into them. That’s true. Knowing that you will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able to resist assures me that it is within my power to endure a temptation. I am not powerless to the temptations that I will face in life. That’s right. Knowing that you will provide a way of escape out of temptations will help me to keep my eyes on you and the way of escape you have provided for me. Knowing that you have provided a way of escape out of temptation will force me to choose between giving into temptation or taking your way of escape. I will choose your way of escape. That’s good.

Let’s talk more about the way of escape out of temptation that I will provide to you. I’m game. What is the best way of escape out of temptation that you will ever take? The best way of escape out of temptation is to never enter into temptation in the first place. What do you mean by that? I often know how I am most likely to be tempted. I often know when I am most likely to be tempted. I often know where and why I am most likely to be tempted. I can avoid and escape a lot of temptations in life by not allowing myself to enter into tempting situations. That’s true. I can also remove things from my life that are likely to feed tempting desires to grow within me. I know that I need to put tempting desires on a starvation diet. That’s right.

One final question. I’m listening. When is the very best time to take the way of escape out of temptation that I will provide to you? The best time to take your way of escape out of temptation is immediately. I need to run from temptation the second I see it approaching. If I linger around temptation, your way of escape from it will close and I will succumb to it. That’s right. Will you immediately take the way of escape out of temptation that I will provide to you? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I won’t allow myself to enter into tempting situations. I won’t allow my curiosity to cause me to linger in the presence of temptation. I will run from every temptation. I will quickly take the way out of temptation you have promised to provide to me. Amen

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A Way Out

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - 1 Corinthians 10:13 - A Way Out - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- God The Father – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – A Way Out – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 (NIV)

Take It Now

Let’s start with the basics on temptation. I’m listening. You will be tempted. That should come as no great surprise to you. It doesn’t, I have been tempted in what seems like a thousand different ways. It’s not that many. It should also not greatly surprise you in the ways that you will be tempted. Your temptations have been and will continue to be quite predictable. Have you ever noticed the predictability of your temptations? Yes, I have noticed that my temptations usually center around a few basic themes. That’s right. It’s very important for you to recognize when, where, why and how you will most likely be tempted. Why is that? My promise to you is that I will provide you a way of escape out of your temptations. The first way of escape of out of your temptations is to not enter into them in the first place. What do you mean by that? How is that possible? You have a good idea of when, where, why and how you will be tempted, is that right? Yes, it is. Stay away from when, where, why and how you will be tempted. Don’t let anything feed the when, where why and how of your temptations. Is that clear enough to you? Yes, it is. So, you will remove yourself from potentially tempting circumstances before you are tempted? Yes, I will. You will also eliminate from your life anything that feeds tempting desires within you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

I have a couple more points to make. I’m listening. You will not be tempted in any way that is uncommon to man. What does that mean? You will not experience any unique or unusual temptations that others have or will experience. So, I can’t use the uniqueness of one of my temptations as an excuse, if I were to fail victim to it. That’s right. You will also not face temptations that are beyond your ability to bear. So, I can’t tell myself that I have no hope of overcoming my temptations. That’s right.

Now, I want to talk about two more ways of escape from your temptations. You have my full attention. My word will provide you a way of escape from your temptations. How so? Let my word dwell in you richly. Meditate on my word. Memorize my word. Pray my word. Allow my word to change your heart and transform your mind. Let my word guard and guide all that you think, say and do. As you allow my word to dwell in you richly, My Spirit will use my word to fight in you, with you, and for you, against temptations that you will face in life. Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Yes, I will. You mentioned that there was one more way of escape from temptations I will face in life. Yes, I did. What is it? Run from temptation. Don’t hang around temptation. Immediately take the way of escape from temptation that I will provide at the moment I provide it. Take it now, don’t delay. Will you run from temptation when it approaches? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I am under no illusions about my ability to withstand temptation. I will need your strength and ability to flee temptation that will come my way. Help me to always take the way out of temptation you provide at the moment you provide it. Amen

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