“No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].”
1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 AMP
Let’s talk about temptations. I am not altogether a perfect master in the art of overcoming temptations, but the Holy Spirit is the one who grants us insight. And as I write and you read, may God help us to clearly see where our responsibility lies, and rise to the challenge of gaining victory over temptations.
Temptations have one thing that marks them out, and that is the fact that they are common to all men. At the root of all temptations is the desires in a man’s heart which Satan manipulates and utilizes for his attacks. These desires may not necessarily be bad in themselves, but Satan tries to cause us to seek for and obtain the satisfaction of these desires in a way contrary to the precepts of Christ. This is generally the psychology of temptations- violating God’s will and word in order to satisfy one’s earthly desires.
This scripture presents three arguments about temptations to take note of:
1. It is common to man: Whatever temptations you are facing right now, you are not the first person to face them in the history of this world. You may think that your temptation is peculiar, but indeed it is not. Others have passed through it, some failed while others succeeded. Thus we who live at the end of times have a community of saints to learn from and so avoid fatal mistakes. No matter the temptations, if others succeeded, then why shouldn’t you?
2. You are well able: God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to bear. What does that mean? It means that whatever temptations you are facing now is well within your ability to bear. As a child of God, never consider a temptation as too much for you. Perish such thought! You are well able! It is within your capacity to bear. You did not fall because you are not able, or that the temptation was too much. You fell because you chose to give in to it. You could say No and there is nothing anyone can do about it. You are well able, and that temptation your are facing now is well within your ability to bear.
3. There’s a door of escape: God is faithful to help us. Jesus said in Luke 12 vs. 32, “fear not, little flock. For it is the Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. So, why do we fall into temptation? It is because we refuse to take God’s escape door. Every temptations that come to a man comes with its custom-made escape door. This is a demonstration of God’s faithfulness. He will not allow you to be boxed to a corner. He has provided a way of escape from that temptation; the problem is this, will we take it? Some take it, while others don’t. This makes a world of difference between the victors and the cast aways.
In conclusion, take out some time to study certain temptations that have come to you recently and you failed. Study how it came, study the condition of your heart at that point or season, study what you could have done differently, what you could have avoided or refused to do. Then ask God to forgive you, and receive from Him the grace to say no next time sin comes knocking at the door, and to keep the right environment around your heart and life.
The test of a faithful man or woman is this, the next time sin comes knocking at your door, say NO.
PRAYERS: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness, and for your commitment to help me and give me the kingdom. Forgive me for the times I allowed sin to reign over my life. I receive the Grace to be wise next time temptations come knocking at my door, to say No to it, and to make good use of the door of escape you have provided. From now henceforth, Lord, by Your grace, I’ll be victorious over all the temptations that had once overcome me. Amen.
For further reading: Roman 6 vs. 11-14; James 1 vs. 12-15; Matthew 4 vs. 1-8; Hebrews 4 vs. 14-16; 2 Peter 2 vs. 4-10.