The Way of Escape
by Impact Church
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
(1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB)
If you’re human, consider these truths from God’s Word:
- You will be tempted to do wrong, and no temptation is unique to you.
- Indeed, even Jesus was tempted by Satan.
- Temptation is not sin; it cannot be since Jesus came through it unscathed. (Hebrews 4:15)
- God will always be faithful to provide a way of escape,…some translations like the one above call it the way of escape.
If we believe that our loving Father will never put us in a situation where failure is inevitable, then we can more easily accept times of temptation and trial as tests allowed by Him so we can prove what we’ve learned! If we take Romans 8:28 to heart, we know that our Master never brings anything into the lives of His children that He cannot redeem for our good and His glory! So God doesn’t want to see us fail; rather, He wants to strengthen our character and be glorified in the process.
Our all-knowing Teacher starts with the end in mind. We may be mired in the middle of the test, but He sees us acing the final exam! “He knows the way that I take: when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)!
Let’s hear some practical advice on how to overcome temptation:
> Don’t let the devil sneak up on you! If you think you are beyond falling, my friend, you are a target. One verse earlier in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he warns the young believers that if they think they can stand on their own they will surely fall. Proud Christians are easy prey to the enemy.
> Seek help! Obviously we pray and read God’s Word and use Scripture against Satan as Jesus did in the wilderness, but we can also seek counsel and accountability from Godly brothers and sisters.
> Resist! The Apostle James wisely recognized that in order for us to put the devil to flight through resisting his schemes and advances, we must humbly submit ourselves unto God. (James 4:6-7)
> Run! Every good soldier knows there’s a time to resist and a time to retreat. Sometimes when temptation tries to get its claws in you, you don’t need to wait for the devil to flee. Get out of there! (Just ask Joseph…)
> Get away from the bad influences in your life! Proverbs 4:14-15 warns us to avoid the paths of wickedness. Paul in Romans 13:14 instructs us to “make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.” Don’t set yourself up for failure, child of God! If ice cream is a temptation, stop driving past Cold Stone!
But aren’t you glad that our new life in Christ doesn’t just take things away from us? We replace the old paths of wickedness with the new ways of righteousness; we replace our old friends with new family and walk with wise men rather than fools. (Proverbs 13:20)
So the next time you are tempted with evil, thank God that He has found you worthy to allow your faith to be tested! Stand strong in your identity as a son or daughter of the King! If you trust His Son, He knows the way out and will lead you to safety!