Temptations

No temptation has seized you that isn’t common for people. But God is faithful. He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities. Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be able to endure it. ~1 Cor. 10:13 (CEB)

It is important to realize that I will be tempted. It’s an unavoidable part of life. It’s not a question of if but when. I can beat temptations but not by my own might or strength. Relying on myself is a sure way to succumb. But when I put God’s Word in my heart, when I rely on His strength and trust in His promises, there’s no temptation I can’t overcome.

Even though God wants me to take issues as they come, wisdom looks ahead. I need to be prepared with an answer or avoid situations that I know would not be good for me. I told a teen group that was doing a Bible study with me that they needed to think ahead to what their answer would be to drugs and alcohol before they were asked. If an answer wasn’t ready they could be caught off guard and end up doing something that they really didn’t want to do.

Temptations are just a part of everyday life. Some things we learn to get past quickly. Other things seem to take greater effort. I just need to look for the “out” that God has promised to supply, tackling each temptation as it comes. God has instilled within me the ability to conquer and with endurance victory will come.

Help me hide your word deep in my heart Lord, so that I may draw strength and confidence from your truths. Give me your wisdom to think ahead to situations so that I may be prepared for battle. Amen.

 

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