No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Have you ever been tempted? Well, yeah… me too! Have you ever been in the midst of temptation and prayed for God, who we know is faithful, to provide the way of escape from that temptation? That is the prayer that keeps us from crossing the line from temptation to sin.
PRAYER IS A SHIELD FOR THE SOUL
It’s so important to keep this portion of Scripture tucked safely in your heart and keep it committed to memory. We are going to be tempted… no matter who we are or how close we think we are to God. Maybe the temptation is to think you are beyond being tempted… see what I’m saying? It is a slippery slope when you start thinking you are above being tempted. The enemy of your soul is on the prowl. You may not be as easy to tempt… but that sneaky snake devil is really good at what he does… which brings me back to God’s way of escape.
If you ask God to show you how to get away from temptation, He is faithful and will do it. Keep in mind that we do have free will and have freedom to cross the line into sin. If we decide to cross the line, it’s important to remember that sinning against God comes with a whole slew of consequences – and some of those consequences last for the rest of your life. Sin really will take you further than you ever wanted to go – not in a good way.
If you sin and if you find yourself dealing with the circumstances of your sin – don’t even think of blaming God for your situation. He would have shown you the EXIT… the way of escape… but you didn’t ask! Sin is fun and exciting for a season – but nothing built on sin will ever thrive in the long run. It will never be the best that God wanted you to have. You settled for less than God’s best… and you ended up unhappy and miserable. You’re stuck – but you can’t blame God for it – you can only blame yourself.
Okay – that was the bad news – but there is good news. If we do pray that God will show us His way of escape from temptation – before we cross the line and sin – He will! We can walk out the door and pray that God will give us what He wants for us – which is undoubtedly much better because it’s His best – not what we think we need at the moment.As long as we’re in these human bodies, there will be temptations from the enemy of our souls… and there will be trials now and again from God. Just remember that the temptations are there to bring out the worst in us – to show how low we can go. When God sends a trial it is meant to strengthen us and bring out the best in us – to show how high we can rise – or more to the point, how God can work in us, causing us to rise higher. 🙂