Nehemiah 9:22-10:39 / 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13 / Psalm 34:1-10 / Proverbs 21:13

Standout Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it.”

This is one of those verses that is as good as gold!  If we can really and truly grab ahold of what it is saying, it will be LIFE-CHANGING!

What God is saying here is this: There is no temptation we are going to face that is “beyond” what is “common” (normal stuff we all face) to man.  God is COMPLETELY faithful, and if we are Christians, His Holy Spirit lives in us…THEREFORE, if we are walking with Him and asking Him to help us and direct our steps, there is NOTHING that will come at us that we won’t be able to handle.  NOTHING.

Temptation/being tempted isn’t a sin.  The fact that it’s all around isn’t our fault, it’s simply part of living in this fallen world.

If we see something that is clearly wrong and will certainly lead us to sin, that’s not our fault…SEEING IT DOESN’T EQUAL SIN.  However, it’s important to recognize that this is the critical “WAY OF ESCAPE MOMENT”, our “CHOICE POINT” when we can either say, “NO” and go the other way”, or “look and linger”.  Temptation turns to sin at the point when, after encountering it, we choose to reach out for it and engage it.

We must learn to hate sin and be wise concerning it.  Temptation will be more challenging to fight if we secretly love sin.  However, when we understand it’s destructive power and the deep damage it not only causes us but those around us, it will become easier when we encounter it to choose to stay free and clear of it.

God promises there will ALWAYS be a “way of escape”.  Usually it won’t be a dramatic, “elevator shaft movie escape” that dramatizes the temptation.  The escape will come in the form of a simple choice to say “No” and walk away.  SIMPLE, STRAIGHT-FORWARD, EMPOWERING!!