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To Understand & Overcome Temptation - Part II
4/12/2016

The Way of 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 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals on “To Understand & Overcome Temptation.” In Part 2, we will continue to look at some very important truths about temptation, how it works, and how we can overcome it. Temptation is defined as,

1.            A desire for something bad

2.            An incitement (stirring up) of desire

3.            A cause of desire

We get our biblical meaning of “temptation” from the word, “peirasmos,” pi-ras-mos´; which basically means to “test” or “prove” someone. So in essence, Satan’s temptation of man is his way of testing us or attempting to prove we will fail in our obedience to God and His will for us in that particular situation. 

It is important to know the “temptation,” itself is not sin on our behalf. Sin happens when we continue to think on these tempting thoughts too long, and we fail to discard them—we actually entertain them within our minds.  We are told not to do this!  In fact, our ability to “cast down,” or to throw these thoughts into the spiritual trashcan is one of our “mighty” weapons. This means getting rid of any thought that comes against the knowledge contained within the Bible.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

God only allows certain temptations (tests) in our lives, and they will never be too difficult of a test for us to endure. We are told that No Temptation” has overtaken us except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that we may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13)  It is important for us to know, the way of escape and our being able to bear it is referring to our going through the “test” with God’s guidance and help—it is not referring to us bailing out of a situation, such as a job or a relationship because it is too difficult. 

Remember, Jesus knows what we are going through, because He was tempted in “all points” (Heb 4:15).  And He endured each of these temptations, including 40 days by the devil while fasting out in the wilderness. He did this by being filled and led by the Spirit (Luke 4:1-2)—leaving us an example to follow.  It is through this fresh filling that we are able to stand against the lies and deceptions that we will face. It is through this “filling” that we become equipped and empowered for every good work. 

Satan will lead us to believe we can mask our pain, and forget our problems through alcohol and drugs, but God specifically tells us, “Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18)


God loves you so much and He knows everything you are going through. He is with you just as He was with Jesus when He walked this Earth.  Don’t look for an escape route when going through the valleys of death—look for the proper route; the one that is being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit and that is in obedience to God’s Word.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with regard to temptation and the way with which we are to deal with it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to walk in obedience, and to trust God when you face trials and tests?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Tests are going to come each and every day. Start each day by asking God to fill you with the power of His Spirit. Now take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for Your protection and Your covering. Lord forgive me for those times where I have acted foolishly and have followed my own desires instead of taking the thoughts captive. Fill me today Lord and help me to face the tests ahead. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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