“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
God loves you. He is benevolent, majestic and consistent. We find these three attributes listed in James 1:17-18 in the center of the encouragement to avoid sin. God provides a way of escape in all temptations as the verse above states. Our problem is that we succumb to the enticement of sins…and we must stop.
But how do we? In James 1:18 we are reminded (1) that we have had a “re-birth” and (2) that the “messages of truth” are ways for us to avoid sin.
How do we avoid temptation? Sometimes we can’t. Other times we can! Walk away, avert your eyes, think purely, remember your family, remember the Word, call out Jesus’ Name, change your setting, control your tongue, think about your end goal or heart’s desire, call a friend, pray…pray …and pray again.
As we do life together in our groups, let’s support one another as we live in a world that wants to drag us down, by encouraging one another as we lift up the Name of Jesus…and He lifts us up out quagmire of sin.
Things to Ponder:
Can you identify times/environments when you are tempted the most? What can you change?
Which Bible verses or concepts come to mind when you are tempted?
Do you believe Jesus can help you escape temptations?