Temptation is the Achilles heel for most Christians because it usually throws people off of that ‘oh so holy‘ wave they were riding on. Once you succumb to sin you have to start the ball rolling on the ‘darn I’m not perfect, let me repent and ask for forgiveness, now I need to pick up where I left off with Christ’ ritual. We’ve seen the terrible consequences that not overcoming temptation can have (Adam and Eve: eternal damnation for all, Lot’s wife: turning into a pillar of salt) and we get scared at the very thought of what our failure could bring.
There isn’t any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
The mere thought of being in a tempting environment can give us heart palpitations, but this scripture gives us some home truths that should help us exhale.
1) We aren’t alone in the temptation we face.
If other people have gone through what we’re going through, the chances are, other people have managed to overcome, which shows us that us being able to join them in #Team-Overcomers is possible. This also means that there’s a wealth of advice, from our fellow followers of Christ, for not disappointing God and ourselves. Often we don’t want to share what we’re going through because we have to acknowledge our vulnerability, but being able to admit your weakness could be just the thing that saves you. I was giving my testimony on abstinence this week and can honestly say that being surrounded by like-minded individuals trying to achieve the same goal has been a massive help in my moments of weakness.
2) There’s no temptation that we’re facing that we can’t bear.
This brings us the ‘hard-to face, no excuses‘ kind of truth that we don’t really want to hear. If we are able to avoid sin then we are responsible for our own mistakes. If we can choose to sin, we can choose not to.
So, people who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don’t fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12
Make no mistake, the fact that we have a choice, doesn’t mean we should put ourselves voluntarily into situations that are going to make serving Christ difficult for us, what 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us is that even when we think we can’t stop ourselves from sinning, we can.
So, what can we do?
Flee from sin: 2 Timothy 2:22-24
Pray against temptation: Luke 22:40
Remember that you can hold out. Philippians 4:13
We can’t really do anything in our own strength, but we can do all things through Christ. We mess up on so many occasions because we refused to acknowledge that we needed God to get through. We all find Christ and want to run with our new found faith but we have to make sure every step is taken in line with God’s stride. We need God in every single aspect of our lives, overcoming temptation included.
Love Dani xxxxx