Things You Need To Know About Temptation

1 Corinthians 10: 13

 No temptation has seized you except what is common to humankind. 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 endure it.

The Seizure

There is a lot about being tempted that I think folks just don’t get. One of those things is that you can be going along feeling just great and life is going good, and then BAM! A normally healthy and holy desire begins to draw you away from anything resembling healthy and holy. Sometimes is even blind sides you. As Paul says in the scripture above, it seizes you and seemingly drags you to a place you don’t want to go if you serve the Lord!!! It’s almost like it happens in a split second, and you are thrown into the dilemma of being drawn into sin or finding God’s grace to be an overcomer. It’s important to understand this very important truth. That’s why the Bible teaches us to keep watch over our hearts.

Your Not The Only One

Many people get defeated almost immediately believing that they are the only one having this temptation, and then, because they believe such a lie, they start feeling guilty and overwhelmed because they wrongly believe that no one else can be as awful as they are being. Feeling like this they tend to give up and give in.

God tells us that the temptations we face are “common.” That is we all have the same passions, and temptations that will draw all of us away. Temptation seizes just about everyone in the same way. So, don’t defeat yourself up front letting false guilt take you over because you believe the devil’s lies about all this.

God Is Faithful

It simply is not true that the Devil is guaranteed to win this battle of your desires. I know many believe he is, but he is not. The reason Jesus appeared was to destroy Satan’s work. (See 1 John 3:8b) And He did destroy the Devil’s work. Not only that, but Paul is right when he says, “God is faithful. He will NOT let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” James tells us to submit to God, resist the Devil, and he has to flee. (See James 4:7.) So, it’s not true you have to give in. This leads to the last thought.

The Great Escape.

God gives us a way out in order that we do not have to sin.  As our passages says above, God will give us an escape route. That is HE will have a plan that will definitely work that will give you the way out. 

Choices

So, choose to look for the escape rather than focus on the temptation. Once you find it take it. If you focus on the temptation and the fire of the out of control passion, you will fail and fail miserably. But if you focus on God, submit to God  and resist the Devil he will have to flee. And you need to simply head for where God leads you to escape. 

More to come God willing.

Chaplain Mac

 

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