Thought for the Day – Facing Temptation

We face temptations every day. Sometimes it is nothing more than the temptation to sneak a piece of that cake when you really shouldn’t. Other times, it is a strong urge to be rude to your parents. And sometimes it is even a temptation to do something really, really wrong. When we are tempted to sin, that is when we must put into practice the verse about the Armor of God. We must arm ourselves in every area of our lives so that we can fight Satan. I can say from experience that Satan will attack you the hardest in the places you least expect to be tempted in. Often, when we are tempted, we beg God to take away the temptation, and when He doesn’t, we give in. But I have learned that first, we must fight it, even if it is hard! I have been tempted do something so hard that I had trouble breathing, but living with a guilt free conscience was well worth the fight. Second, instead of asking God to take away the temptation, I have learned to pray that he would give me the strength to fight it. When I have no more strength, I ask Him to fight it for me. Many times we are told that God will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle. This is often interpreted as meaning that we don’t need God to help us fight temptations. It does not mean that. It does mean that no one will be tempted so much that God will not provide an escape. And most of the time, God is that escape. He allows us to be tempted to the point where we cannot handle it so that we will turn to him to fight it for us, to fight through us. So next time you are tempted, pray that God would be your strength, and would give you a way out.

“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 10:13

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