1 Corinthians 10:13
“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.
The church at Corinth was saturated by a culture where sin ran rampant and all types of idolatry were present. Temptation was a very real part of the life of the new believers that lived in this unbelieving society. Paul gave them strong encouragement to keep on course for God. We are called to live lives that are pleasing to Him, even during the most challenging temptations. God has called us to rise above temptation. He has also given us the means to overcome temptation and bring glory to Him.
To do this, it all begins with knowing. Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that temptation is “common.” We all face temptations. The greatest news is that God has provided a means for us to overcome temptation. If you are a child of God, you no longer have to be overtaken by sin. You have a way of escape. Knowing this is the first key to overcoming temptation.
Secondly, we have to act. It is one thing to know the right choice, but to act takes action. We must also understand that we cannot do this on our own. We seek God and His direction during these times of decision. With God’s direction there will always be a solution or direction that is pleasing to Him.
JUST A THOUGHT
Are you seeking God when trying to overcome temptation?