How Do We Escape Temptation?
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
The sixth petition in the Lord’s prayer says, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Why do we pray this? Well, as Christians, it is quite clear. The Heidelberg Catechism says, “…the devil, the world, and our own flesh–do not cease to attack us.” Every Christian’s life is a battle zone. When we come to the Lord and ask He lead us not into temptation, we are acknowledging our lack of power over sin within our flesh while also humbly recognizing we can only defeat sin if we stand firm in Christ as our Savior.
In today’s Scripture reading, we see God promises to never let us be tempted without also providing a way out. But how can we find this way out? It is not within our flesh, for we are naturally inclined to choose sin. The surest way to continue in sin is to try to defeat it without God. Rather, the escape from temptation is only found by looking to our Creator.
Though He allows us to experience temptation from the world, the flesh, and the Devil, God makes sure no temptation we face is uncommon and ensures us we can endure it with His help. This means you have no excuse and cannot blame Him if you give into temptation. You cannot say you had no choice in the matter. We have access to the Sovereign Lord who gives us the ability to resist Satan. The children of God have the very power within them that rose Jesus from the dead, namely, the Spirit of God. Therefore, we can face each sin not with a spirit of fear, but with a spirit of power and love and self-control (1 Timothy 2:7).
Heavenly Father, thank You for always providing a way out of temptation. Thank You that I have access to the greatest and only power to overcome sin in my life. I confess I often have a defeatist mentality about sin in my life. I even blame You for my continual giving into temptation. I know I will not be sinless until I am glorified, so I recognize my need to fight the battle everyday. I pray that You lead me not into temptation, but also, when it comes, I pray for my eyes to be fixed on Christ, in whom I have the power to overcome evil. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Memorize Romans 8:11.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.