Always an escape
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation! It seems like it is always out there haunting us. Whether it’s big or small, it is still a trick of the devil to lead us off course. Temptation is the lure that draws us into the enemy’s trap to be devoured by him! We know from scripture that Satan is like a roaring lion looking for those he can devour/feast on. (1 Peter 5:8)
Today’s scripture says, there are no new tricks. Satan is still using the same old lies he used in the Garden of Eden, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16) Every one of us has been subjected to them at one point or another. Whether it’s something we see that we just have to have, something we feel that pushes us over the edge, or the desire for power and fame. However, we do not have to give into these deceptions. Often, we rename these things with labels such as: addictions, depression, disorders and syndromes, but mostly they are self-centered emotions that steal our heart away from God.
So, what’s the solution? God’s faithfulness! The passage says God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to resist it. You can count on it! God wants to protect you from the jaws of your enemy, so He has given you a way to escape and it starts in your thoughts. If you are allowing the lust of eyes, flesh, and pride to dominate your thought life, you are going to struggle with every temptation that comes your way. James 1:14 says, we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own desires and enticed (aka thought life). So, we are back to input. What are you feeding your spirit? I cannot stress enough how important it is to put God’s Word into your heart every day. Have a daily diet of God’s Word and then meditate on it and keep it in your heart, in your thoughts and on your lips often. The Bible says to meditate on it day and night. (Psalms 1:2) What? Is that even possible? Well, I’ve concluded that we are always thinking about something. Our brain is always going. It is our responsibility to direct and take authority over our thoughts and not give them the ability to control us. When your thoughts are in control of your life, you will fall into temptation every time. By letting your spirit purposefully direct your thoughts to God’s Word, God’s plan and God’s purpose, then you will allow the Spirit of God to be in control and that is where your escape route is.
Today I want to encourage you to take inventory on your thoughts. Recognize which thoughts you are following and which thoughts you are initiating. It is totally up to you. This is good news because you have the power to replace unwanted thoughts with the Word of God! Have a verse for each day ready to put in the place of these unwanted thoughts such as worry, doubt, confusion and fear. Putting a plan in place will assure your victory every time!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13