Temptation and the way out.

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Recommendations, Thoughts on God, Thoughts on The Holy Spirit
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Everyone is tempted. Can we all agree on that? There is not one of us who is not tempted to sin every single day. Some sin without even knowing it, some sin subconsciously and some sin willfully. It is the willful act of sinning that I want to address now.

I really want to touch on the willful act of sin. While in God’s eyes all sin is equal (see. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23), we can assume that when giving into temptation, we are committing a willful act of sin. Just being tempted alone indicates that we know what the temptation is, is wrong.

Therefore when you are tempted to willfully sin. ….wait hold on one second. Just so we are clear. When we sin we are not just sinning against ourselves, our families, our children, our spouses or our bodies….we are sinning against God. I just want to remind us all of that.

Ok so when we are tempted to sin. We have only two choices and the first one is much easier. First choice: Do it, deal with the consequences later. Second choice: Struggle and fight against the temptation, find a way to overcome. To be really honest, the devil is not to be underestimated. He is patient and knows your greatest weaknesses, so don’t think you can do it on your own.

There is great hope in knowing that the Lord our God can take satan and clear out your temptation. There is one particular verse in 1Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure 

From this verse I want to show that God hasn’t left you and your temptations alone in a room to sort out your differences. He is with us, guiding us through the most treacherous of situations. He is faithful. He will not allow the potential affair to be too difficult to say no to. He wont allow the pornographic site’s allure to be more powerful than your ability to turn off the computer. He wont ALLOW the opportunity to steal be more difficult than the path to honesty is. He will not allow you to be put into a situation that with His help, you would not be able to navigate through. He just wont, He can’t, He is incapable of lying.

He will also give you a way out. That is a promise. For me, it happens to be The Bible. For the longest time I would wonder why temptation always got the best of me. I was a good person, I wanted to honor and please the Lord but I just kept falling into the same trap over and over. God is good though. The ticket to temptation was in the Word… I read the verse to give me hope, and I immediately realize that if I want to beat temptation I need to use the way out that God provided me. Its just funny that the way out, being READING THE BIBLE, and the discovery of finding that way out. *BY READING THE BIBLE, were one in the same.

I am just trying to stress to you, bottom line…. If and when (and it will happen daily) you get tempted to commit a willful sin against God, open your Bible. Really read it. Get into the Word and love on God and let God love on you and I promise you that the temptation you faced will be a thing of the past.

I would try to equate it into a really simple equation. For me, when I’m in the Word…God is with me. God can’t be in the same place as sin. My temptation has to evaporate before I can be with God, in His Word…So to put it simply, the Word is my windex and paper towel and my temptation is a dirty glass that needs cleaning.

Try this out. Do whatever way out that God provides. Look for it and I promise you, temptation will dissolve. It HAS TO! God doesn’t lie. TRUST IN HIM.

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