I wasn’t always overtaken by sin or lust or of pornographic images. I remember preparing messages for youth group. I was into the Word of God and praying for the Lord to lead me. I felt strong walking with the Lord. I was standing strong. I believed I was free from bondage to the lusts of my flesh. But then, suddenly, out of no where I would be overcome with temptation and fall. I was caught in the cycle of standing… being tempted… and falling described in the passage below.
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
There is a “cycle” to this temptation and we are given a warning to “be careful” if we “think we are standing firm.” It’s when we think we are standing firm that temptation can overpower us. Paul tells us that God will not let you be tempted “beyond what you can bear.” Oh the wonderful grace of God! He is faithful to not let this temptation be more than we can bear, but will also “provide a way out.” Now that’s something to be praising God about, don’t you think?
I was constantly in this cycle of “standing,” being bombarded with “temptation,” and “falling.” Temptation would always overpower me. But the truth of Scripture is this, “He is faithful” to not allow more than “you can bear” so that you can “stand up under it.” He is where we can “stand firm” because He is “the way out.” It’s by His faithful grace which gives us the ability to escape the temptations that are “common to man.”
We see from this passage of Scripture that God protects and provides during times of temptation.
God protects; he “will not” let you be tempted beyond what is bearable. He has put a restraint on temptation, limiting it’s power to overtake us.
God provides; a “way out” during times of overwhelming temptation by his overwhelming grace!
So we need to understand during times of our heaviest temptation, it’s not more than we can bear. God will not allow this because he is protective. No longer do we need to believe the lies of the enemy that the temptation is to powerful. No! God does not allow it to be to powerful!
Finally, we must look for the way out provided by God during times of temptation. Other translations like the NASB and ESV says, God provides the “way of escape.” We learn to run in the direction of this escape provided as one running from a burning building. We must not look back (Luke 17:32) as if we are missing something we can’t live without!
The next time temptations come your way will you look for the “way out” or way of “escape” that God “provides” for you?
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11-12)
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.