1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
I’ve been told that the best way to catch mice is to place a mouse trap down, put peanut butter (stickier than cheese) on them, but DON’T SET the traps at first. The reason for not setting them is to allow the mice to get used to the traps in their environment. Slowly, the mice accept being around the traps, next they try to bump them to see if anything will happen, when nothing happens, they enter the traps and enjoy the peanut butter. The mice keep coming back to the traps because the peanut butter tastes good and nothing terrible happens. Finally, after a few days, the traps are set and later the mice return to the place they thought was risk-free, but this time… they don’t leave.
The Tempter’s trap doesn’t seem like a trap at first. He will get you to rationalize their existence and your repeated trips to them. Your resistance to the temptation will grow weaker, because nothing destructive has happened yet. But your next “trip” to the “trap” may be to your devastation.
It says in Hebrews 2:18, “Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.”
2 Peter 2:9 says, “So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.”
Jesus will guide you out of temptations if you let Him! God TESTS you to get the best OUT of you but the devil will TEMPT you to get the worst IN you!
I am 28 years old I can honestly tell you that temptation will NEVER go away, but neither will God’s power to provide you an escape from suffering. Many times your temptation won’t change, it will only get more sophisticated like all the evil turtles in Super Mario Bros! With every successful escape, you will be strengthened in your inner spirit, saved from immeasurable pain, and have continued peace with God.
Right now, while you still have the chance, examine your life.
Are you currently involved in a relationship that could lead to the wounding of your soul and to the hurting of others?
Have you acquired habits or gotten involved in activities that you know are not the will and plan of God for your life?
If you have, Christ has prepared a way of escape for you. You know what the right thing to do is; now you need the courage to do it, and do it today.
James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
With every endured temptation, you are closer to your promised crown of life. So remember: when you flee temptation… don’t leave a forwarding address.
Love you all,