Friday, July 6, 2007

Truths about Temptation

"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 Cor. 10:13).

It is inevitable that we will be tempted. But we must remain faithful and not succumb to temptation. If we allow ourselves to fall, the ultimate result is spiritual death (James 1:14-15). So we must strive to overcome temptations whenever they come. The verse above provides three reminders that will help us do what is right when we are tempted to sin.

1. You are not alone. There is no temptation that is not "common to man." Whatever we may be faced with, others have endured that same temptation. What is encouraging is that while others have faced the temptation you may be facing, not all have given in to it. You don't need to give in to it either.

2. You can overcome temptation. God "will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able." Every temptation you face is one you are able to overcome. This has been promised by God. Whatever you face, you should know that you can endure it.

3. There is a way of escape. You will not encounter a situation in which no matter what you do you sin. You always have the option of doing what is right. It may not be easy to do sometimes. But the "way of escape" is always there.

Let us remember these truths about temptation and be encouraged that temptation can be overcome. We do not have to sin. We can do what is right. Let us strive to avoid sin and live faithfully for the Lord.

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