You Can Overcome Temptation
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
Temptation. A tool used by the enemy hoping to keep you repeating the same old lessons, to keep you from enjoy life and a life of purpose … until you give up and give in. But God allows temptation not to harm us but for our good. It’s an opportunity to build character.
And, even though we can expect temptation, we can also expect there really is a way out.
We are all tempted to… say too much, buy too much, eat and drink too much…too much! Sound familiar? And sometimes, we justify temptation. It sounds something like…
Just a couple more chips. Another drink won’t hurt. This inexpensive, unplanned purchase isn’t going to really matter. Sharing a little information about her won’t really hurt anyone.
How can you pass by temptation and instead pass the character test?
- Wise Avoidance. Do all you can to avoid the path, the place, the habits that draw you into temptation and justification.
- Recognize Your Gap Time. If and when you find yourself in the face of temptation, recognize the gap of time God provides just before you make your decision for or against temptation. Your gap moments are meant to be used as the opportunity to seek Truth and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Wise Avoidance of Temptation
In the book of Proverbs, we are to seek wisdom. Wisdom says…
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
In other words, don’t set yourself up to be tempted in the first place.
Don’t go down the ice cream and wine aisle at the grocery store. Don’t pull into the mall parking lot on your way home to window shop. And for Pete’s sake, set boundaries with or stay away from friends who gossip.
If you don’t go there, temptation won’t have easy access to you.
Recognize The Gap Time
There are times we find ourselves tempted regardless of our best efforts. When this happens, our Savior sees and provides a gap of time to defend and escape. This time may be momentary, but it is always long enough to seek help and choose the way out.
This gap exists between the time a thought of temptation enters our minds and the choice we make to either go with our fleshly desires and the enemy’s lies or stand against them.
The gap is God’s open door … his way of escape.
Fill The Gap
When you recognize your ‘gap time’ you get to choose, how you will fill the gap. Will you fill it with your desires – or with surrender.
Choosing surrender requires a desire for Christ over self.
Believe, me. I know. Giving up our desires … it’s hard.
And the truth is, we live in a world of temptations. Overcoming them is an ongoing challenge. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to grow in the character of Christ.
Even Paul with His overwhelming love, faith, and deep, deep relationship with Christ found himself on the wrong side of temptation from time to time. He says this:
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it.
Instead, I do what I hate.
Paul also recognized it was not by his strength that he accomplished anything … it was by God’s might and the power within him to overcome.
You are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit,
if the Spirit of God live in you.
When we rely on ourselves to leave temptation behind we will ultimately fail. But, when we trust in the power of Christ in us, we can overcome temptation and live victoriously.
Name your biggest temptation? Decide now how you can avoid it. When you do find you’re being tempted, recognize your gap time. Choose to escape through surrender to Christ.
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