There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Meditation: Temptations stink. So often it seems that we are ill equipped to resist temptations, but in reality this is false. By the power of the Holy Spirit, believers can turn away from sin. As guaranteed by today’s passage, God will provide a means of escape for His children. When we successfully resist sin and temptation, we also glorify the Lord.
There is no doubt that sin is real, and it is also true that Christians sin much like other people, but this need not be so. While all believers were once dead in sin and dead to all things Godly (Ephesians 2:1), they are now alive in Christ (Romans 6:11) and dead to sin. Being alive in Christ means that we have spiritual power to resist sin being born again to eternal life. Our main problem now is that this new life is within, and until we are face to face with Christ, temptations still have some strength to beguile even devoted Christians.
One of the main reasons people are tempted to sin is by being in the wrong place and in the wrong company. In either case, we need to consider how Jesus acted around sinners and how He lived among us yet without sin. While He fellowshipped with sinners, He condemned the sin and taught them a better way. We need not condemn sinners, but we should condemn the sin as well and guard our hearts from that sin by the power of God working through us.
If you find yourself alone and tempted, remember that the Lord is always with you. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Sin averted.
Call To Action: Thinking back on past sins and temptations (yuck!), consider how you may have avoided those situations by applying the Word of God. Do you see it? If you lack the wisdom needed to address these sins, I encourage you to pray for wisdom. It is one request that is universally granted (James 1:5).