Facing temptation? Find God’s escape route, take it and flee!

A way of escapeIt’s a verse sometimes used to encourage individuals who are going through a trial of some kind… There are verses that do that, but 1 Corinthians 10:13 is not one of them. The context (1 Corinthians 10:1-12) is quite clear; verse 13 is a word of assurance to those facing temptation to sin! Here is a bit of the context:
“These things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did… We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did… We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did… Nor grumble, as some of them did! Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands, take heed lest he fall!”
And the wonderful promise given to Christians – followers of Jesus – who are facing temptation to sin?
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man [humankind]. God is faithful! He will NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND YOUR ABILITY, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION HE WILL ALSO PPROVIDE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, that you may be able to endure it.”
Hey, if you’ve been battling a temptation to sin and have felt like it’s more than you can bear – that you just are not able to resist that temptation… That’s not true – It’s a lie of the enemy! God will help you! The Holy Spirit will be there to strengthen you! God has promised an “egress” in every temptation to sin (a means of escape, of leaving, or of going out of a place)! Look for it! It will be there! Find it…use it.. and flee!!!
It won’t always be easy (and it may be personally costly) – ask Joseph; he had to leave his cloak and flee! He ended up doing prison time unjustly for his righteous action. But in the end God wonderfully honored him! Deciding to do what is right and what pleases God always pays off in the end… if not now, when we stand before God in heaven!

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